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Conflicting Reports Emerge as US Special Forces Reportedly Come Under Fire Amid Turkish Shelling

October 11, 2019

US Special Forces have reportedly come under fire amid Turkey's ongoing shelling against Kurdish positions in northeastern Syria, Newsweek reported on Friday.


Citing a senior Pentagon official and an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official, Newsweek reported that the attack on US service members unfolded as they were conducting operations on Mashtenour hill, in the Kurdish-majority city of Kobani. 


he outlet reports that the incident came just as US Defense Secretary Mark Esper assured media during a news conference that US forces had been relocated, and that Turkish forces know US positions "down to the grid."


However, Reuters, citing a US official, reported that an explosion did occur near the Kobani US outpost, but that no injuries have been reported thus far.


Following initial reports, the Turkish Defense Ministry has issued a statement, noting that it has taken all measures to ensure that no US base in the area is struck while Turkish forces respond to harassment fire near a US base in Syria.



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