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Pentagon, Trump urge Turkey to ‘de-escalate’ military operations in Syria

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Medill News Service
January 26, 2018

Two Pentagon officials said Thursday that current military operations in Syria by the Turkish government are a “distraction” that is impeding the overall goals of the U.S.-led coalition in the region.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Chief of Staffs, said during a briefing that Turkey’s recent action has become concerning for the coalition because it moves focus away from the goal of defeating the Islamic State in Syria.

“It is not helpful to have these operations go on,” McKenzie said. “We recognize that, and we are working with the Turks to try to minimize it.”

McKenzie said the United States was made aware of the attacks ahead of time and that Turkey has legitimate security concerns; it is the only NATO country to have an open insurgency in its borders.

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