Members of the United States Army Special Forces have been caught up in Turkish bombardments against American-backed Kurdish positions in Syria, signaling an ominous sign of what kind of actions may arise in the future.
The Green Berets, according to several officials, reportedly came under artillery fire from Turkish forces attempting to take out Kurdish fighters that had been allied with USA.
While the US and Kurdish people have had an amicable combat relationship, the latter are viewed as terror groups by the Turks.
Special Forces troops withdrew after the firing stopped, sticking to their rules of engagement and refraining from killing the Turkish troops who -inadvertently or otherwise- tried to kill them.
Small units of US special operations troops dot the area, ranging between 15 and 100 in total.
The Turkish offensive has been a matter of controversy after US President Donald J. Trump stated he would withdraw troops from the area, allowing the Turkish military to carry out “Operation Peace Spring” against the Kurds.
On Twitter, Trump claimed that he had “one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard financially and with sanctions, or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds.”
According to Newsweek, the president was reportedly unhappy with the Turkish military’s actions, and has threatened sanctions and military action.
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