US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told his Turkish counterpart on Wednesday of his “strong opposition” to a new Turkish military operation in Syria and expressed concern about the escalation of the situation in the country. said the Pentagon.
Austin, on the call, expressed condolences for the Nov. 13 attack in Istanbul, the Pentagon said.
“He also expressed concern over escalating actions in northern Syria and Turkey, including recent airstrikes, some of which directly threatened the safety of U.S. personnel who are working with local partners in Syria to defeat ISIS,” he said in a statement, using an acronym. for the Islamic State militant group
“Secretary Austin called for de-escalation and shared the Department’s strong opposition to a new Turkish military operation in Syria.”