US placing observation posts in northern Syria: Mattis

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Umar Farooq

WASHINGTON (AA) – The U.S. is placing observation posts along the Turkish border in northern Syria, Defense Chief James Mattis said Wednesday.

Turkey has “legitimate ” concerns about terror threats in Syria and the U.S. does not dismiss any of its concerns, he told reporters at the Pentagon.

“We are putting in OPs [observation posts] up in northern Syria, this is a change now. We are putting in observation posts in several locations up along the Syria border, ” Mattis said. “We want to be the people to call the Turks and warn them if we see something coming out of an area that we're operating in. ”

The U.S. is consulting “closely ” with the Turkish military and the State Department, said the defense chief.

“We are going to track any threat that we can spot going up into Turkey. That means we will be talking to Turkey's military across the border, ” added Mattis.

*Kasim Ileri and Servet Gunerigok contributed to the story