Monday, August 29, 2016

Pentagon: Stand down, Kurds, Turks

Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are "unacceptable", the Pentagon said Monday, calling on all sides to "stand down."

In a statement sent to AFP, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook condemned the fighting south of the Syrian town of Jarabulus.

"We are closely monitoring reports of clashes south of Jarabulus -- where ISIL is no longer located -- between the Turkish armed forces, some opposition groups, and units that are affiliated with the SDF (Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces)," he said.

ISIL is an acronym for the Islamic State (IS) group.

"We want to make clear that we find these clashes unacceptable and they are a source of deep concern."

The United States "was not involved in these activities, they were not coordinated with US forces, and we do not support them," he said. READ MORE