Report: Turkey 'Accidentally' Bombed U.S. Special Forces In Northern Syria
Just days after President Donald Trump gave Turkey the greenlight to mount its offensive in northern Syria against Kurdish-led forces, a contingent of U.S. Special Forces came under fire from the Turkish military.
Newsweek has learned through both an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official and senior Pentagon official that Special Forces operating on Mashtenour hill in the majority-Kurdish city of Kobani fell under artillery fire from Turkish forces conducting their so-called "Operation Peace Spring" against Kurdish fighters backed by the U.S. but considered terrorist organizations by Turkey.
The senior Pentagon official said that Turkish forces should be aware of U.S. positions "down to the grid." The official could not specify the exact number of personnel present, but indicated they were "small numbers below company level," so somewhere between 15 and 100 troops.
Caroline Orr on Twitter
“Holy crap. Newsweek is reporting that Turkey bombed US special forces in Syria “by accident.” Trump gave the green light for this attack. https://t.co/Zw7eYqkW9J”