UPDATE 3-US military says not abandoning Kurds, condemns Turkish offensive

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UPDATE 3-US military says not abandoning Kurds, condemns Turkish offensiveThe Pentagon strongly denied on Friday accusations that it had abandoned its Syrian Kurdish allies to a Turkish military onslaught, which it said was destabilizing the region and doing “dramatic harm” to U.S.-Turkey relations. U.S. President Trump’s decision to pull back troops from Syria’s border with Turkey has been widely criticized in Washington as a tacit “green light” for a Turkish offensive that intensified on Friday, with Turkish air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia. “Nobody green-lighted this operation by Turkey, just the opposite.


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