Pentagon 'strongly' encourages Turkey to 'discontinue' actions in NE Syria


Pentagon 'strongly' encourages Turkey to 'discontinue' actions in NE SyriaUS Defense Secretary Mark Esper has warned Turkey to halt its incursion into northeastern Syria, warning it could have “serious consequences” for Ankara, the Pentagon said Friday. In a phone call on Thursday with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Esper reiterated that the United States opposes Turkey’s assault on the mostly Kurdish region because it risks a reversal of the gains made by the coalition fighting to eliminate the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said in a statement.


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