White House says U.S. not involved in Turkish operation in Northern Syria

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White House says U.S. not involved in Turkish operation in Northern Syria

<p><span class="caps">WASHINGTON</span> (Reuters) – U.S. armed forces will not be involved or support a planned Turkish operation in northern Syria, the White House press secretary said on Sunday after a phone call between President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. </p> <p>U.S. forces “having defeated the <span class="caps">ISIS</span> territorial ‘Caliphate’ will no longer be in the immediate area,” the press secretary said in a statement.</p> <p>Turkey will now be responsible for all <span class="caps">ISIS</span> fighters in the area captured over the past two years, according to the statement.</p> <p/> <p/> <p> (Reporting by Steve Holland; writing by Tom Hogue; editing by Darren Schuettler)</p>