October 8, 2019 / 11:50 AM / 6 days ago

UK deeply concerned about Turkish plans for Syria military action -PM's spokesman

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Britain is deeply concerned that Turkey plans to launch a military campaign in northern Syria, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

Turkey said it had completed preparations for a military operation in northeast Syria after the United States began pulling back troops, opening the way for a Turkish attack on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington.

Asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments that Britain was “thrilled” with his policy shift on Syria, Johnson’s spokesman said U.S. troop movements are a matter for the United States. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison)

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