Turkey has legitimate security concerns: Mattis
WASHINGTON – Anadolu Agency
His remarks came amid Turkey’s ongoing military operation against terror groups in the Afrin region.
Noting that the overall success against ISIL “does not remove many of Turkey’s concerns,” Mattis said it is “easy to understand” why Ankara is worried that the conflict will extend beyond the Syrian border.
“Turkey was candid,” Mattis told reporters.
“They warned us before they launched the aircraft that they were going to do it. We are very alert to it. Our top levels are engaged and we’re working through it,” he said.