US in talks with Turkey over “secure zone” in NW Syria – Pentagon

The US is in talks with Turkey about the possibility of a “secure zone” in northwest Syria after critisising Ankara’s military operation on Kurds north of the country.

Turkey’s offensive is “not helpful,” the Pentagon’s Joint Staff Director Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie told reporters, adding it “doesn’t advance coalition objectives” in the fight against the so-called Islamic State group.

“We recognize that. And we’re working with the Turks to try and minimize it,” he said.

The comments come a day after the White House warned Ankara to “avoid any actions that might risk conflict” with US forces deployed in Syria.

The US also called on Turkey to “deescalate, limit its military actions, and avoid civilian casualties and increases to displaced persons and refugees.” Additionally, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White noted that she had heard media reports about Turkey asking the US to move troops from Manbij but did not know if any changes were made in posture.

Source: Kuwait News Agency