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World Turkish-backed forces come ‘very close’ to US troops in Syria, official says

00:25  16 october  2019
00:25  16 october  2019 Source:

White House says Turkey's Syria operation is imminent, US troops won't be present

  White House says Turkey's Syria operation is imminent, US troops won't be present The White House on Sunday night said Turkey will soon be launching a military operation in northeastern Syria and that U.S. troops will no longer be "in the immediate area" when it happens."Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial 'Caliphate,' will no longer be in the immediate area," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

The officials said the US was looking at several options but added it appeared likely the military would pull the majority of its forces in the coming days Asked if he thought Turkey , a Nato ally, would deliberately attack US troops in Syria , Esper said : “I don’t know whether they would or wouldn’t.”

The US earlier said that the Turkish "unacceptable" incursion into Syria has resulted in the release of many captured IS fighters. Syrian state media said Russian- backed government forces had entered the strategic town of Manbij, inside the area where Turkey wants to create a "safe zone".

Turkish-backed forces came “very close” to U.S. troops in Syria just west of a coalition base in the northern Syrian town of Ain Issa Tuesday — so close that American jets and attack helicopters were called in to disrupt the approaching forces, a U.S official tells Fox News.

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The Turkish-backed fighters “violated a standing agreement with the U.S. not to get close enough to threaten U.S. troops,” the official said.


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Turkish - backed Syrian militants ride through the town of Tal Abyad The seizure cuts off US forces in the region, amid a hasty American withdrawal. The M4 highway runs Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Friday that American troops will remain “co-located” with Kurdish forces

The US is pulling out all of its troops from northern Syria as Turkey advances its operation against the Kurds. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Turkey Four Turkish soldiers and 16 pro- Turkish Syrian fighters killed in Syria , Turkey says . What about IS? The fighting has spilled over to areas close to

Air Force F-15 fighters and Army Apache attack helicopters arrived on the scene. The Apache hovered between the U.S. troops and the approaching forces, just feet off the ground.

The U.S. military lodged a complaint after the incident with the Turkish military through formal channels in protest. The American Special Operations forces were partnered with Syrian Kurdish allies during the encounter which took place a few hours ago, the official added.


The Turkish military considers the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, the main U.S. ally against ISIS, as terrorists linked to a decades-old insurgency in Turkey, which has killed tens of thousands of people since the mid-80s.

The United Nations has said that as many as 160,000 people, including 70,000 children, have been displaced since the fighting in northeast Syria escalated nearly a week ago.

US forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria .
US forces withdrew from a key base in northern Syria Sunday, a monitor said, two days before the end of a US-brokered truce to stem a Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in the region. An AFP correspondent saw more than 70 US armoured vehicles escorted by helicopters drive past the town of Tal Tamr carrying military equipment. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Some flew the American stars-and-stripes flag as they made their way eastwards along a highway crossing the town, he said.

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