U.S.Army in Syria come under Turkish artillery fire
Northern Syria -9 p.m local time Oct. 11th-: A U.S. Military outpost came under Turkish artillery fire, a day after Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the U.S. Defense Secretary, warned Turkey to protect U.S. military personnel in its offensive against U.S. allied Kurdish fighters.
The incident comes as the Turkish military launches artillery and air strikes across the border in an operation U.S. strongly opposes.
In a statement early today, Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said: “Mark Esper In a call yesterday with Hulusi Akar, the Turkish Defense Minister, reiterated his strong concern that, despite U.S. force protection measures, Turkey’s actions could harm U.S. personnel in Syria,”
Pentagon spokesperson, Navy Captain Brook DeWalt, said in a statement:
“U.S. troops in the vicinity of Kobani came under artillery fire from Turkish positions at approximately 9 p.m. local Oct. 11… The explosion occurred within a few hundred meters of a location outside the Security Mechanism zone and in an area known by the Turks to have U.S. forces present. All U.S. troops are accounted for with no injuries,”
And DeWalt added:
“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 U.S. forces are present… The U.S. demands that Turkey avoid actions that could result in immediate defensive action.”
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, told reporters today that “the Turkish military is fully aware down to explicit grid-coordinate detail of the locations of U.S. forces.”
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