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Turkey Threatens To Strike US Troops Embedded With Kurdish Militias In Syria

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Turkey Threatens To Strike US Troops Embedded With Kurdish Militias In Syria

This Tuesday, March 7, 2017 frame grab from video provided by Arab 24 network, shows U.S. forces patrol on the outskirts of the Syrian town, Manbij, a flashpoint between Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters and U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, in al-Asaliyah village, Aleppo province, Syria. (Arab 24 network, via AP)

Ilnur Cevik, a senior aide to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, suggested Wednesday that US troops could be targeted by Turkish forces alongside Kurdish militias in Syria.

Cevik said that U.S. forces embedded with members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are in danger of being hit by Turkish forces patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border.

If Kurdish militais “go too far, our forces would not care if American armor is there, whether armored carriers are there,” Cevik said during an interview on Turkish radio station CRI TURK Wednesday. “All of a sudden, by accident, a few rockets can hit them,” he said, referring to US forces.

Then, he once again clarified that  US military advisers or artillery positions would be in danger from Turkish warplanes, if they continued to support YPG forces in northern Syria.

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