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    US State Dept. Unable to Speak to How Turkey Vets Forces in Syria

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    The US Department of State cannot speak to how Turkey vets its fighters in Syria, department spokesman John Kirby said in a briefing on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, disturbing video emerged showing Turkish-vetted and US-supported factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) making anti-Christian remarks and threatening to kill US Special Operations forces near Aleppo, several media outlets reported.

    “On specific [Turkish] vetting procedures, that is really beyond me to speak to,” Kirby told reporters, commenting on the report.

    Kirby said that although he had not seen the video, the United States opposes such bombastic and pugilistic rhetoric against the United States or any other forces that are fighting against Daesh (the Islamic State/IS).

    The Syrian opposition, Kirby explained, is not a monolithic organization with one worldview.

    On Monday, the Turkish general staff announced that the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army freed 845 square kilometers (500 square miles) of Syrian territory from the Daesh militants, as part of the Euphrates Shield operation.

    Daesh is a terrorist outfit banned in Russia, the United States and several countries around the world.


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