Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon chiefs to Congress: Don't default Pentagon chiefs say debt default could risk national security MORE said on Sunday that Turkey warned the U.S. before it launched airstrikes in northern Syria against the U.S.-supported Kurdish militia.
”Turkey was candid," Mattis said, according to Reuters.
”They warned us before they launched the aircraft they were going to do it, in consultation with us," he continued.
“And we are working now on the way ahead. We’ll work this out.”
Turkish ground forces descended upon the Afrin region of northern Syria on Sunday and pounded surrounding areas with artillery fire and airstrikes.
The strikes are aimed at the U.S.-backed YPG, a Syrian-Kurdish militia that Turkey considers to be a terrorist group.