REPORT: Pentagon releases statement on Turkish operation in Syria
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The Pentagon insisted Monday that the United States is not endorsing an impending Turkish incursion into northern Syria, despite the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the area.
“The Department of Defense made clear to Turkey – as did the president – that we do not endorse a Turkish operation in northern Syria. The U.S. Armed Forces will not support, or be involved in any such operation,” chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.
The article goes on to state the following:
“In conversations between the department and the Turkish military we have consistently stressed that coordination and cooperation were the best path toward security in the area,” Hoffman added.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper tweeted, “DOD does not endorse a Turkish operation in Northern Syria. We will work w/our @NATO allies & Coalition partners to reiterate to Turkey the possible destabilizing consequences of potential actions to Turkey, the region, & beyond. Full statement here: https://t.co/NrP10t3cpW.”
DOD does not endorse a Turkish operation in Northern Syria. We will work w/our @NATO allies & Coalition partners to reiterate to Turkey the possible destabilizing consequences of potential actions to Turkey, the region, & beyond. Full statement here: https://t.co/NrP10t3cpW
— Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper (@EsperDoD) October 7, 2019
Pentagon: Nobody from DoD including Defense Secretary Esper on President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian president. “The secretary has an incredibly busy schedule,” chief spox Jonathan Hoffman says. “He doesn’t spend most of his days sitting in on other people’s phone calls.”
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) October 3, 2019
— Tara Copp (@TaraCopp) October 7, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) October 7, 2019
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