Turkish bombing in northern Syria: The United States warns Turkey of a threat to the safety of Americans

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The Pentagon warned that the escalation of the situation threatens years of progress in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

The Pentagon warned on Wednesday that Turkish air strikes in northern Syria threatened the safety of US military personnel, and said the escalation of the situation threatened years of progress in the war against the Islamic State group.

The public comments from the Pentagon represented the strongest condemnation by the United States of Turkish air strikes yet by Washington’s NATO ally Ankara against Kurdish militias in northern Syria.

“The recent airstrikes in Syria directly threatened the safety of American personnel working in Syria with local partners to defeat ISIS and secure places of detention for more than 10,000 ISIS detainees,” Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder said in a statement.

Ryder added that the escalation of the situation threatens the progress made in the fight against ISIS in the region.

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