The US expressed has expressed a “great concern” over Turkey’s shelling of US-backed Kurdish militias in Syria where US forces are embedded.
“Unilateral military strikes into northwest Syria by any party, particularly as American personnel may be present or in the vicinity, are of great concern to us,” Deputy State Department spokesman Robert Palladino stated during a news conference in Washington on October 31. He added that the US and Turkey is in touch to de-escalate the situation.
Despite this, the US deployed additional troops and equipment nera Kobani and Manbij using its forces as human shields to prevent further Turkish strikes on positions of its proxies.
The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which consist of mostly Kurdish militias described by Ankara as terrorists, have already suspended their offensive on the ISIS-held pocket of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley because of Turkish strikes. This as well as a low intensity of US-led coalition military actions against ISIS in the area have already led to the growth of ISIS influence in the area.