Turkish troops on Friday bombed a US special forces unit in northern Syria, apparently "mistakenly," while they were traveling on Kurdish fighters a few days after President Trump had announced that he was going to be killed. he would pull American soldiers out of the area.
Nobody was injured and artillery fell several hundred meters from where US troops were stationed, according to CNN. The Pentagon has not commented yet.
The bombing took place on Mashtenour Hill in Kobani, a border town under Kurdish control. Turkish forces move into the area to recover from the group of Kurdish fighters, the YPG.
Turkish forces allege that Palestinian police fighters are planning to launch border attacks from the area.
Asked about bombing on the White House lawn Friday afternoon, the president said: "We will take a look at it."
Members of the Syrian-backed Syrian Free Army enter the city of Rasulayn, Syria, to clear the city on Friday. Turkey is progressing progressively in the northern part of Syria controlled by the Kurds where it declares wanting to create a "corridor of peace"
Kobani is a border town in northern Syria controlled by the Kurds. Turkey intervenes to take control. The US Special Forces unit was stationed on Mashtenour Hill
He wants to settle and create a "safe zone", eliminating the Kurds and all the prisoners of the Islamic State who are detained there.
Earlier this week, Trump had agreed to remove US special operations units implanted in the region for years, thus boosting Kurdish support against ISIS and the Syrian army.
Newsweek quoted anonymous Ministry of Defense officials as saying that it was unlikely that the Turkish army would confuse the US troops with Kurds and that it was aware of the US positions. United "flush with the network".
A senior Pentagon official and an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official confirmed the bombing.
CNN reported that there was no indication that shelling was deliberate.
"Turkish artillery hit Friday near an American special operations unit near Kobani, confirmed a US official.
"The artillery shells hit several hundred meters from the location of US special forces. There is no wounded American, "said one of his reporters on Twitter.
They know we are here, we told them our position. There is no other target in the region. They try to chase us away. If Turkey can send us to besiege Kobane, it's over
A coalition officer after the "accidental" artillery bombardment on Friday
The Turkish army also issued a statement in which it claimed it was an accident and that it was shooting at the Kurds.
He stated that as soon as he realized that US special forces had potentially been taken in the middle, they stopped.
However, reporters from the region cite other officials who say that it is impossible for it to be a mistake.
"They know we are there, we told them our position. There is no other target in the region. They try to chase us away. If Turkey can send us to Kobane, it's over, "said a coalition officer. Josie Ensor, Telegraph reporter.
The unidentified leader said the bombing was so intense that US forces were planning to retaliate.
The Pentagon has not yet responded to inquiries from DailyMail.com.
This comes after President Trump has agreed to withdraw American troops from the region, where they have been supporting the Kurds since the start of the Syrian civil war.
A US military convoy is photographed in a joint patrol with Turkish troops in al-Hashisha, a suburb of Tal Abyad, in September. The United States is slowly withdrawing troops from the region
Turkey is fighting them, claiming that they are a terrorist organization.
Trump has been criticized for this decision, with some fearing that this may allow Islamic State fighters in the region to suppress one of the main groups fighting them and expose the Kurds to evil.
He insisted that he would impose sanctions on Turkey if it acted irresponsibly.
US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also warned Turkey on Friday that Trump was ready to impose "very important" sanctions on Ankara if President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not turn back.
Mnuchin said Trump had signed a decree giving the Treasury the power, in consultation with the state department, to impose sanctions at all times. He declined to specify the potential objectives, but said the financial institutions had been put in default.
Turkey has also been informed that "it will not even allow a single fighter of the Islamic State to escape" from its captivity, he announced on the eve of the podium at the White House.
Despite the warning, he said that Erdogan's invitation to visit the White House on November 13 had remained intact.
The announcement at the White House was intended to appease Republican lawmakers who threatened to revolt against the president's decision to dismiss US troops from Syria, in what they called abandonment of Kurdish allies who had helped to defeat the Islamic State, and to entrust the control of the imprisoned terrorists to the Erdogan army.
Meaning. Lindsey Graham and Chris Van Hollen have promised to punish Turkey for the incursion.
Mnuchin told DailyMail.com that the president was in charge and that Congress should step down.
"The secretary Pompeo spoke to them daily. I spoke to the secretary several times a day. I think the message to Congress is – I know people were considering sanctions. We are above the penalties. The president will use them if necessary.
On October 9, armored personnel from the Turkish army launched Operation Peace Spring, alongside the Syrian Free Army, to try to create what they call a "corridor of the peace ", but critics remain skeptical about their motives.