US official says US still controls airspace in northeastern Syria

A photo shows smoke rising due to shelling in Ras al-Ain town in northeast Syria. (File photo: Reuters)

A senior US State Department official said on Tuesday that the United States still controls the airspace in northeastern Syria.

In a related development, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Iraqi President Barham Salih to discuss the Turkish military operation in northeast Syria and the US desire for the offensive to end immediately, according to a State Department summary of the phone call released on Tuesday.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump demanded Turkey stop its military operation in Syria and imposed new sanctions on the NATO ally as Trump scrambled to limit the damage from his much-criticized decision to clear US troops from Turkey’s path.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53