U.S. Joint Chiefs Chair Army General Mark Milley speaks with U.S. forces in Syria during an unannounced visit, at a U.S. military base in northeast Syria, March 4, 2023.
VOA/AFP: Syria Condemns US Top General’s Visit to Kurdish-Held Northeast
Damascus, Syria — Syria’s foreign ministry Sunday condemned a surprise visit by the United States’ top military officer to an army base in the Kurdish-held northeast, dubbing it “illegal,” state media said.
In his snap visit Saturday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley met U.S. troops stationed in areas of war-torn Syria under the control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
About 900 U.S. troops are deployed in several bases and posts across northeastern Syria as part of the fight against Islamic State group remnants.
The official news agency SANA quoted a foreign ministry official as saying, “Syria strongly condemns the illegal visit of the American chairman of the chiefs of staff to an illegal American military base in northeast Syria.”
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Update: Syria condemns US general’s visit to Kurdish-held northeast (Al Jazeera).
WNU Editor: Turkey is also not happy with this visit …. Turkey Summons U.S. Envoy Over Top General’s Syria Visit (Reuters). More here …. Ankara summons US envoy over top US soldier’s visit to N Syria (Hurriyet Daily News).