FAST FIVE: US: Turkey Has 'Right To Defend Itself' As 500 Kurdish Targets Hit

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“Turkey does continue to suffer a legitimate terrorist threat, particularly to their south.

Ankara is continuing to expand its cross-border assault:  Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Wednesday that Turkey's military had hit nearly 500 Kurdish targets across Iraq and Syria as part of a campaign of air strikes.

Kirby's only warning was that the Turkish assault could impact US and SDF operations against ISIS.

He said the Turkish operation “might force a reaction by some of our SDF partners that would limit and constrain their ability to fight against ISIS-and we want to be able to keep the pressure on ISIS.” The statement from Kirby marks a shift in the US approach to Turkey's operations against Kurds in Syria.

The US typically condemns them but is not doing so now, likely because it wants Turkey to approve Sweden and Finland's NATO bids.

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