Explosion near U.S. military outpost in northern Syria: U.S. official
An explosion occurred near a U.S. military outpost in northern Syria on Friday, but no personnel were reported hurt, a U.S. official said, Trend reports citing Reuters.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the source of the explosion near Kobane, Syria, was unclear.
The official added that U.S. troops were in the outpost at the time of the explosion, but there had been no further activity since.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday that Turkey had been told of U.S. positions in Syria.
“The Turkish military is fully aware - down to explicit grid coordinate detail - of the locations of U.S. forces,” Milley said.
Top Pentagon officials stressed the need for Turkey to avoid doing anything to endanger U.S. forces inside Syria. Although U.S. troops had no intention of firing on Turkey, a NATO ally, the Pentagon noted they had the right to defend themselves, if needed.
“Everyone is fully aware that we are the United States military. We retain the right of self-defense,” Milley said.