Protection & Nationwide Safety — US warns Turkey in opposition to attacking Syria

The Pentagon is warning NATO member Turkey in opposition to a new army operation in Syria, after strikes within the nation late final month endangered U.S. troops and brought about casualties for his or her companion forces. 

We’ll share what the message was plus President Biden’s newest condemnation of Russia throughout a U.S. go to from French President Emmanuel Macron plus a brand new survey on public belief within the army.  

That is Protection & Nationwide Safety, your nightly information to the newest developments on the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and past. For The Hill, I’m Ellen Mitchell.

Pentagon warns Turkey after strikes threaten troops 

The Pentagon is warning NATO member Turkey in opposition to a brand new army operation in Syria, after strikes within the nation late final month endangered U.S. troops.  

Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday spoke by cellphone along with his Turkish counterpart, conveying his “robust opposition” to a brand new Turkish army operation in Syria, in accordance with a Pentagon readout on the decision. 

The Pentagon’s message: Austin “expressed concern over escalating motion in northern Syria and Turkey, together with latest airstrikes, a few of which straight threatened the security of U.S. personnel who’re working with native companions in Syria to defeat ISIS,” the readout stated.   

“Secretary Austin known as for de-escalation, and shared the Division’s robust opposition to a brand new Turkish army operation in Syria.” 

Earlier: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan final month launched airstrikes on northern Syria and Iraq focusing on Kurdish teams within the two neighboring international locations. Ankara claims the strikes are in retaliation for a Nov. 13 bombing in Istanbul that killed six folks and injured 80 extra, although the Kurdish teams have denied any involvement. 

Erdoğan moreover steered on Nov. 23 that he additionally plans to order a floor invasion into northern Syria. 

Some context: The U.S. has notably partnered with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) within the effort to defeat ISIS within the area and continues to work with the group to maintain the terrorist group at bay.  

Because the Turkish strikes, the U.S. army is working at a lowered variety of companion patrols with the SDF, Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder instructed reporters Thursday.   

Protecting strains open: Ryder famous that whereas the U.S. acknowledges Turkey’s safety considerations, “the main focus right here is on stopping a destabilizing state of affairs, which might put ISIS in a capability to reconstitute.”  

He added that the U.S. has frequent and open strains of communication with its Turkish allies “at quite a lot of ranges.” 

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Biden has ‘no quick plans’ to contact Putin 

President Biden on Thursday stated he has no plans to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin except it’s to debate methods for Putin to finish his invasion of Ukraine.  

“I’ve no quick plans to contact Mr. Putin,” Biden stated at a joint press convention with French President Emmanuel Macron. 

“Mr. Putin is — let me select my phrases very rigorously. I’m ready to talk with Mr. Putin if there’s an curiosity in him deciding he’s on the lookout for a solution to finish the conflict,” Biden continued. “He hasn’t completed that but. If that’s the case, in session with my NATO mates, I’ll be glad to sit down down with Putin to see what he has in thoughts. He hasn’t completed that but.”  

A condemnation: Biden condemned Putin’s actions since launching an invasion of Ukraine in February, together with Russia’s focusing on of civilian infrastructure, resulting in bombings and army operations which have killed Ukrainian girls and kids. 

Doubling down: Each Biden and Macron reiterated their assist for Ukraine’s conflict effort, saying that victory for Ukraine within the conflict represents a victory for democratic values each domestically and overseas. 

“We should assist the Ukrainian folks. The concept Putin is ever going to defeat Ukraine is past comprehension,” Biden stated.  

Biden has been constant in saying he has no intention of assembly with Putin amid the conflict in Ukraine, even amid U.S. considerations about detained Individuals like Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan and talks over a nuclear arms treaty. 

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Additionally from The Hill: 

Belief in US army stays beneath 50 p.c

Public belief within the U.S. army stays beneath 50 p.c, in accordance with a new survey launched by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Basis and Institute. 

About 48 p.c of Individuals say they’ve an excessive amount of belief within the army, barely up from 45 p.c final yr. 

A significant drop: Confidence within the U.S. army has plummeted lately. In 2018, about 70 p.c of Individuals stated they’d an excessive amount of belief within the establishment. 

The drop to 45 p.c final yr was the primary time solely a minority of the American public expressed confidence within the armed forces within the Reagan Basis’s survey. 

A pattern: Authorities establishments have seen a steep decline in public belief through the years, most notably the Supreme Courtroom after a conservative majority overturned the constitutional proper to abortion in June. 

Odd man out: However the Reagan Basis stated “no different public establishment” in its surveys has “seen as sharp a decline in public belief” because the army. 

A Wall Avenue Journal editorial board wrote in an opinion piece final month that “many Individuals suppose the army is not an establishment that runs on excellence, benefit and particular person submission to a bigger trigger.” 

“The present period is marked by fading belief in U.S. establishments, however confidence in a single pillar has held up: the army,” it wrote. “However now even that’s eroding.” 

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Basis and Institute will kick off its annual Reagan Nationwide Protection Discussion board in Simi Valley, Calif., at 8 p.m.   


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