Carter tells Turkey not to target Syria rebels

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter calls on Turkey to stay focused on fighting Islamic State militants and not to target Kurdish elements of Syrian rebels. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Carter tells Turkey not to target Syria rebels

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)

STORY: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Turkey on Monday (August 29) to stay focused on fighting Islamic State militants and not to target Kurdish elements of Syrian rebels.

Turkish forces have launched an offensive into northern Syria and pushed into areas controlled by fighters aligned to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition that encompasses the Kurdish YPG militia and which has been backed by Washington to fight the jihadists.

Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting Indian Defense Minister, Monohar Parrikar. Carter called on both sides to avoid engaging.

“We’ve called on both sides to not fight with one another, to continue to focus the fight on ISIL – that’s the basis of our cooperation with both of them – and specifically not to engage one another and to retain those geographic commitments that they’ve made,” he said.

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