ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – US-backed Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State (IS) in Syria released another video of their fighters targeting a Turkish vehicle in northwest Syria last week.
The video shows a member of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) firing a US BGM-71 TOW or Iranian Typhoon anti-tank guided missile system, the Military Times reported.
The YPG fighter aims at a Turkish tractor before blowing it up.
The video was published by the YPG Press office and shared on their YouTube page.
Tensions between Turkey and the Kurdish forces in northern Syria have escalated in recent weeks, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatening to attack the YPG.
Ankara views the US-backed force an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), waging a decades-long war against the Turkish government for broader Kurdish rights.
Although the US agrees with Turkey’s labeling of the PKK as a “terrorist” group, Washington does not support claims the YPG is an offshoot of the banned PKK.
In the past couple months, the YPG and Turkish forces have been involved in regular clashes near the Syrian-Turkish border.
On Aug. 5, the Kurdish forces released another video of their fighters destroying a Turkish-backed rebel tank in northwest Syria.
In late April, the two sides engaged in rocket fire which resulted in the killing of 11 YPG fighters, according to Turkey.
The US has provided the Kurdish forces weapons and other military equipment as they continue to defeat IS in Raqqa, the militant group’s last major stronghold and de facto capital in Syria.
The move angered Turkey, who urged its NATO ally to stop the transfer of weapons to the YPG.
Washington said they would take back the arms and equipment sent to the Kurdish forces after the defeat of IS as well as provide Ankara with a monthly inventory.
Editing by Ava Homa