Top U.S., Turkish generals hold phone call

The United States’ top general spoke with his Turkish counterpart on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey’s air operations against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria were only the beginning and it would launch a land operation when convenient.

The U.S. military statement did not mention Syria by name, but said U.S. General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “discussed several items of mutual strategic interest.”

The statement added that Turkey was a key NATO ally and “the U.S. values its strategic bilateral relationship.”
This comes amid  Recep Tayyip Erdogan comments on his return from Qatar, where he had attended the World Cup opening ceremony, that there was no question that the operation would be limited to airstrikes.
“We will make those who disturb us on our territory pay” he added.
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