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US Warns Erdogan Against New Turkish Military Campaign in Syria

  • Pentagon says airstrikes posed threat to American forces
  • US, Kurdish group are allies in operations against jihadists
Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin

Photographer: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/The Washington Post/Bloomberg

The US warned Turkey against a new military campaign into Kurdish-controlled parts of Syria, saying that some recent airstrikes had posed a threat to US personnel working with Syrian partners to defeat the Islamic State. 

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin discussed the Pentagon’s “strong opposition to a new Turkish military operation in Syria,” during a telephone call with his Turkish counterpart, according to a readout released early Thursday.