Pentagon: US reduced patrols in northern Syria, but did not redeploy forces
WASHINGTON, November 29 – RIA Novosti. Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder said the United States had reduced patrols in northern Syria, but did not redeploy its forces despite Turkey’s threat of an operation.
“We have reduced the number of patrols… We have not redeployed our forces. We continue to focus on countering the threat from ISIS (a banned terrorist organization in Russia), so the possibilities have not diminished.” said at a media briefing.
Ryder explained the decrease in the number of patrols by the joint conduct of patrols with Kurdish formations that reduced such activities.
He declined to consider the possibility of a “Turkish invasion” of northern Syria, but expressed hope that restraint would be shown to allow operations against IS to continue.
Since November 20, Turkey has been conducting an airstrike against the Syrian wing of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Syria – attacks have been reported in northern Iraq as well as the city of Kobani. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan described the operation as a success and did not ignore the future of the ground operation.
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