No go-ahead on incursion: Pompeo

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington did not give Ankara “a green light” for a military offensive into Syria.

“That’s just false,” he said, in an interview with PBS channel, but did not elaborate other than to say that Turkey has a “legitimate security concern”. 

“They have a terrorist threat to their south,” Pompeo said. “We’ve been working to make sure that we did what we could do to prevent that terror threat from striking the people in Turkey, while trying to achieve what is in America’s best interest: the threat from radical Islamic terrorism emanating from Syria.”

Pompeo said the US was leaving Syria because it had achieved its goal of eliminating ISIL’s control of the territory, which the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces had played an instrumental part in.

“We’ll continue to be in a position to do what we need to do to keep the American people as safe as we possibly can from this threat,” he said.

Al jazeera

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