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Syrian warplanes fly over flashpoint city despite US warning

A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) monitors the front line in the northeastern Syrian city of HasakehSyrian government warplanes took to the skies again Saturday over the flashpoint northeastern city of Hasakeh, despite a US warning against new strikes that might endanger its military advisers. In another escalation of the five-year war, regime planes this week bombarded positions held by US-backed Kurdish forces in the city fighting the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the raids showed Damascus was starting to see the Kurdish attempt to consolidate territory in northern Syria as “a threat”.

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