Turkish Defense Minister Voices Opposition To U.S. Plans For Observation Posts On Syria’s Border

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Turkish Defense Minister Voices Opposition To U.S. Plans For Observation Posts On Syria’s Border
Children walk past an armored vehicle where American troops patrol near the Turkish border in Hasakah, Syrian Kurdistan, Nov. 4, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

Reuters: Turkey uneasy about U.S. plan for observation posts on Syria border: minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey is uneasy about U.S. plans to set up “observation posts” in Syria along parts of its border with Turkey, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday the United States was setting up the posts to help keep the focus on clearing the final Islamic State militant strongholds in Syria.

The United States has long complained that tension between Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – which includes the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia – has at times slowed progress on the fight against Islamic State.

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More News On Turkey’s Opposition To U.S. Plans For Observation Posts On Syria’s Border

Turkey against US plans to establish observation posts on Syria border, Defense Minister Akar says — Daily Sabah
Turkey against planned US observation points in Syria — Anadolu Agency
Turkey conveys ‘discomfort’ to planned US observation points in Syria — Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey opposes US army outposts on its border with Syrian Kurdistan — Kurdistan 24
Turkey protests US observation posts in north Syria — Al Arabiya
‘Negative Impact’: Ankara Warns US not to Install Observation Points in Syria — Sputnik

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Turkish Defense Minister Voices Opposition To U.S. Plans For Observation Posts On Syria’s Border