Trump urged Tayyip Erdogan to avoid clash between Turkish and US forces in Syria

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump called President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday and urged him to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces in Syria.

The Turkish ground and air offensive have raised international concern, but Washington has sent mixed messages.

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On Tuesday, the White House issued a statement that the United States was easing off its support for the Syrian Kurds.

But later, the Pentagon issued a separate statement that Washington would continue to stand by the Kurds.

And the White House announced on Wednesday that President Trump telephoned Mr. Erodgan and relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin risked undercutting “our shared goals” in Syria.

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