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Update: US announces Turkish military operations into northern Syria

07 October 2019

US military troops will no longer operate in northern Syria, a move that could decimate the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Pentagon, however, said it does not “endorse” such Turkish operations.

Following a 6 October telephone call between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the White House said 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 [Islamic State] territorial ‘caliphate’, will no longer be in the immediate area,” the White House said.

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