WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. response to Turkey’s offensive into Syria (all occasions native):
U.S. officers say an American outpost in northeastern Syria has been vacated after coming below hearth from Turkish artillery.
The officers say quite a few U.S. troops left their publish on a hill exterior the city of Kobane after it got here below hearth. The officers say a big base within the city has not been affected by the shelling.
Turkey says it didn’t goal the U.S. outpost however was responding to fireplace from Kurdish teams close by.
The officers say they anticipate the evacuation to be momentary.
— Sarah El Deeb and Lolita C. Baldor
The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria got here below artillery hearth from the Turks on Friday, in an space the place Turkey is aware of Americans are current.
Navy Capt. Brook DeWalt, a Pentagon spokesman, says the artillery explosion got here inside just a few hundred meters of the world the place U.S. troops have been.
He says no troops have been injured and U.S. forces haven’t withdrawn from Kobani.
Turkey says the U.S. was not the goal.
DeWalt warns that Turkey should keep away from actions that would lead to rapid defensive motion by the U.S.
This is the primary time a coalition base has been within the line of fireplace since Turkey’s offensive into Syria started Wednesday.
Top Pentagon officers are denying the U.S. is abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies within the face of a Turkish army offensive, though the way forward for a counterterrorism partnership with the Kurds is in grave doubt.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper says, “We have not abandoned the Kurds.”
He provides that the U.S. “pushed back very hard at all levels for the Turks not to commence this operation.”
Esper’s remarks seem geared toward strengthening the Trump administration’s argument that it did all it might to cease the Turks and, failing that, was left with no affordable possibility however to tug some U.S. troops away from the border.