A compound that houses elements of the elite Kurdish Yekineyen Anti-Terror (YAT) unit was bombed by Turkish forces in the early stages of the invasion of Northern Syria.

YAT is a counterterrorism unit created and trained to hunt down Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists. U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) are training, advising, and operating with the elite Kurdish outfit as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the fight against ISIS.

Even before the Turkish invasion, the Pentagon has denied that American Special Operations units have provided training or material support to the YAT. Sources familiar with the region, however, told SOFREP that the Kurdish counterterrorism unit has received training from both Special Forces Operational Detachment Alphas (ODAs) and Delta Force teams.

Referring to the work of the YAT, the YPG press office said that the “YPG provides no free-ground for any terrorists in Northern Syria, including ISIS sleeper-cells which have been heavily targeted by the YPG Counter Terrorism Units since the battle in Baghouz.”

Aside from considerable material damage, no deaths or injuries have been reported from the bombing.

With respect to the Turkish invasion, the U.S. Secretary of Defence Dr. Mark T. Esper said in a press statement that “we oppose and are greatly disappointed by Turkey’s decision to launch a unilateral military incursion into northern Syria.”

“The safety of our men and women in uniform remains our top priority,” added the American Secretary of Defence. “To be clear, we are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces, and U.S. troops remain with them in other parts of Syria. But I will not place American service members in the middle of a longstanding conflict between the Turks and the Kurds. This is not why we are in Syria.”

Echoing Dr. Esper, the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had stated on Wednesday that Turkey’s invasion of Northern Syria “risks destabilizing the region, exacerbating humanitarian suffering, and undermining the progress made against Daesh (Islamic State) which should be our collective focus.”