US-led coalition troops have engaged Turkish-backed militants in a firefight in northern Syria.
The incident took place near the town of Manbij controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
“Our forces did receive fire and return fire and then moved to a secure location,” the coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said. “The coalition has told Turkey that firing on U.S.-led coalition forces is not acceptable.”
The firefight between US-led coalition troops and pro-Turkish militants was the recent in a series of tensions between Washington and Ankara over the US support to Kurdish militias remaining a core of the SDF.
Turkey sees the US support to the Kurdish-dominated SDF as a threat to the security along the Turkish border.