Airstrikes launched by Turkish warplanes on Tuesday that killed U.S. Kurdish allies in Iraq and Syria were described as “unsafe,” according to Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve.

Officials in Baghdad claim Turkey provided less than an hour notification to coalition forces before launching strikes against Kurdish positions in Sinjar, Iraq, and northeastern Syria.

That amount of time was “inadequate for us to ensure the safety of our forces on the ground; we had forces within six miles of the strike,” Dorrian said. “This was notification and not coordination, as you would expect from a partner and an ally.” […]