‘Turkish airstrikes killed my siblings while I fought Isil’

Mamend Rasul was not at home when Turkish F16 jets fired the missiles that killed his sister, brother and cousin. He was at the battlefront fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – declared enemy of both Turkey and its Nato allies, including Britain.

Neither Turkey nor Nato has any grievance with Mr Rasul or his relatives.

In fact the Kurdish army with which Mr Rasul was fighting, the Peshmerga, is supposed to be Turkey’s ally in the complex world of Middle East politics. It is being trained by British troops, and supplied with weapons by Germany.

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