34 C
Kuwait City
October 18, 2019
Home » US Troops In Syria Came Under Fire From Turkish Incursion: Pentagon

US Troops In Syria Came Under Fire From Turkish Incursion: Pentagon

Turkey is targeting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

Washington, US: 

US troops near the northern Syrian border came under artillery fire from Turkish positions on Friday, a Pentagon spokesman said, warning that the US was prepared to meet aggression with “immediate defensive action.”

The US military confirmed an explosion around 9.00pm (1800 GMT) within a few hundred meters of its post near the town of Kobani, in an area “known by the Turks to have US forces present.”

“All US troops are accounted for with no injuries. US forces have not withdrawn from Kobani,” Navy captain Brook DeWalt said in a statement.

US President Donald Trump has faced a firestorm of criticism for appearing to greenlight Turkey’s offensive into northeastern Syria, which began after Trump ordered US troops to pull back from the border.

Turkey is targeting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a key US ally in the five-year battle to crush the Islamic State group. The SDF lost 11,000 fighters in the US-led campaign.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said earlier Friday Trump had authorized — but not yet activated — “very significant new sanctions” to dissuade Turkey from further offensive military action.

“The United States remains opposed to the Turkish military move into Syria and especially objects to Turkish operations outside the security mechanism zone and in areas where the Turks know US forces are present,” DeWalt added.

“The US demands that Turkey avoid actions that could result in immediate defensive action.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24×7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.

Source link
Click here to read more news from @ndtv

Related posts

Prakash Javadekar Says Citizens List Important, AAP’s Strategy Revolves Around Lies


IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva Says Global Economy Suffering Synchronized Slowdown


India, China Commit To Deepen Exchanges At All Levels Next Year: Centre


This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Please spend a minute

Gulflance Poll

Which is worst social media?
Vote Now
Sign-up for exclusive content. Be up to date with Gulflance

You're currently offline