The force would defend territory held by the Syrian Democratic Forces — which are led by Kurdish fighters. But Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards the Kurds as terrorists and he's vowed to 'drown' the force 'before it is born.'
Two US soldiers, a Pentagon civilian and a military contractor have been killed in a bomb blast in Manbij, Syria. Speaking after the attack, US Vice President Mike Pence said the "Islamic State" "has been defeated."
The US and Turkish presidents moved from Twitter to the telephone to exchange their views over the US-allied Kurdish fighters in Syria. Washington is insisting the anti-"Islamic State" fighters should not be harmed.
John Bolton's visit to Turkey seems unlikely to secure assurances for Kurdish groups in northern Syria. President Erdogan couldn't meet with Trump's national security adviser, but told allies he'd make no "concessions."
The US president has threatened Turkey with severe economic consequences if it attacks US-allied Kurds in Syria. But the Turkish presidency has hit back, saying "terrorists can't be your partners."
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