Pentagon Warns US Personnel in Danger Over Imminent Invasion of Syria

Pentagon Warns US Personnel in Danger Over Imminent Invasion of Syria

( – An explosion rocked through Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday, November 13, leaving at least six people dead and nearly 100 injured in its aftermath. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the attack, calling it an act of terror. In response, Turkey launched “Operation Sword-Claw” against Syria. Yet, the military effort has put US troops in danger, prompting Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to call for the country to stand down.

In a phone call on November 30, Austin spoke with Turkey’s Minister of National Defense, Hulusi Akar. According to the readout, the defense secretary expressed his condolences for the loss of life last month. He also addressed the increasing tensions between Syria and Turkey and what it could mean for US troops currently working with Syrian partners to defeat ISIS. To protect our troops, he “called for de-escalation.”

On December 1, the Pentagon held a press briefing addressing reporters’ questions about the Turkish military operation. Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder stated his belief that it would destabilize US efforts to continue missions related to defeating ISIS should Turkey carry out a ground invasion.

The military has also expressed concerns that an invasion could lead to the escape of as many as 10,000 ISIS prisoners from confinement currently under US and Syrian control.

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