Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded angrily at France for suggesting that it could help establish a dialogue between Turkey and a Syrian group that is dominated by Kurdish fighters that Ankara considers to be terrorists.
Erdogan on Friday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of overstepping “his limits” and going “over his head,” adding that Turkey would never negotiate with “terrorists.”
He was speaking after Macron met with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, pledged French support to the group, and suggested that Turkey could establish dialogue with the group with Paris’ help.
In his address in Ankara, the Turkish leader also said he held a telephone conversation with Macron last week during which the French leader made “bizarre” comments that forced Erdogan to raise his voice and respond with a “high frequency.”
The U.S. military says two coalition personnel have been killed and five were wounded by an improvised explosive device in Syria.
A U.S. military statement says the incident occurred on Thursday night and that the wounded personnel were being evacuated for further medical treatment.
Friday’s statement did not say where the explosion occurred and did not state the casualties are Americans.
A Syrian official had told The Associated Press earlier that a roadside bomb exploded in the mixed Arab-Kurdish town of Manbij. Mohammed Abu Adel, the head of the Manbij Military Council, an Arab-Kurdish US.-backed group in the town, says the bomb went off hundreds of meters away from a security headquarters that houses the council just before midnight on Thursday.
The coalition statement said details pertaining to the incident are being withheld pending further investigation.
A Syrian official says a roadside bomb has gone off in a tense, mixed Arab-Kurdish town not far from the border with Turkey.
Mohammed Abu Adel, the head of the Manbij Military Council, an Arab-Kurdish US.-backed group in the town, says the bomb went off hundreds of meters away from a security headquarters that houses the council just before midnight on Thursday.
A U.S. military official said on Friday an incident involving coalition forces was reported in Manbij but said no more information was available.
Col. Ryan Dillon said the coalition was still gathering information about the incident.
Manbij is under threat of a Turkish military operation. Ankara says Syrian Kurdish militiamen it views as “terrorists” and an extension of Kurdish insurgents inside Turkey is in control of the town.