U.S. troops reportedly exchanged fire with Syrian rebels in northern Syria this month, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing the U.S.-led coalition.
“Our forces did receive fire and return fire and then moved to a secure location,” Colonel Ryan Dillon told Reuters by phone.
The coalition believes that Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are behind attacks on U.S.forces near Manbij. Coalition forces have told Ankara to tell its rebel allies that firing on U.S. coalition forces “is not acceptable,” Dillon said.
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U.S. ground forces are stationed in northern Syria as part of the U.S. coalition supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces. U.S. troops have been performing patrols near Manbij since March in a bid to deter Turkish-backed rebels from attacking Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
“Our overt patrols that have been conducting patrols in that area to keep tensions down received fire multiple times over the course of the last two weeks,” Dillon said.
“We let our counterparts in Turkey know this and we continue to conduct these patrols but are always prepared and ready to defend ourselves in that area,” he added.
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