Pentagon ‘strongly’ encourages Turkey to ‘discontinue’ action in northeast Syria

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has warned Turkey to halt its incursion into northeastern Syria, warning it could have “serious consequences” for Ankara, the Pentagon said Friday.

In a phone call on Thursday with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Esper “strongly encouraged Turkey to discontinue actions in northeastern Syria,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“While the secretary reaffirmed we value our strategic bilateral relationship, this incursion risks serious consequences for Turkey,” the statement said.

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