American troops stationed in northern Syria came under artillery fire from nearby Turkish positions, the Pentagon has confirmed. There were no injuries.
Following earlier media reports of explosions near the town of Kobani, the Pentagon said the US forces came under fire sometime in the evening on Friday, local time.“US troops in the vicinity of Kobani came under artillery fire from Turkish positions at approximately 9 p.m. local Oct. 11,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “The explosion occurred….in an area known by the Turks to have US forces present.”
The Turkish Defense Ministry said the strike was in response to mortar fire from Kurdish militias, which it dubbed “terrorists,” adding Turkey was not targeting the US troops in the area and that precautions were taken to avoid direct hits on US positions.
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