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Free Syrian Army says they targeted YPG, not US

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After US troops came under attack by the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in northern Syria, the FSA said US troops were in the area when they targeted People’s Protection Units (YPG), the t24 news website reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, a commander from the FSA said US troops returned fire but that there were no casualties on either side.

“During the conflict last night our target definitely was not US troops. Our target was YPG forces. Since the YPG attacked Mare town and south of Azez with howitzers and rockets yesterday, we reciprocated and targeted YPG sites in the north of Menbiç with howitzers and rockets. US troops arrived in the area where we were firing to protect the YPG forces.”

The commander said the clash ended with the intervention of Turkish soldiers and that the Turkish military will handle communications between the FSA and US troops to prevent further clashes.

“Recent incidents have occurred in territories primarily under the control of Turkish-backed fighters. We are engaged with Ankara and other parties to address this danger,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN.

The US is training a group of local Arab fighters linked with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces for operations against the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while Turkey and its Syrian allies are against to them due to their links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey.

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