U.S. troops work with Turks in Syria

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WASH­ING­TON — Small num­bers of U.S. spe­cial oper­a­tions forces for the first time are ac­com­pa­ny­ing Turk­ish govern­ment forces and their Syr­ian op­po­si­tion part­ners fight­ing Is­lamic State mil­i­tants in­side Syria, mil­i­tary and ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

The move fol­lows a pe­riod of U.S. ten­sions with Turkey, in­clud­ing U.S. crit­i­cism of clashes last month be­tween Turk­ish and Syr­ian Kur­dish forces in north­ern Syria. Turkey is a NATO ally of Wash­ing­ton’s, but it has been an­gered by U.S. sup­port for the Kur­dish YPG mili­tia in fight­ing the Is­lamic State in Syria.

The Pen­tagon also said a U.S. airstrike near Raqqa, Syria, on Sept. 7 killed one of the Is­lamic State’s most se­nior lead­ers. Pen­tagon press sec­re­tary Peter Cook iden­ti­fied the dead leader as Wa’il Adil Hasan Sal­man alFayad.

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