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U.S. Troops and Turkey-backed Forces Exchange Fire

U.S.-led coalition forces returned fire after being repeatedly shot at near Manbij in northern Syria, where they are patrolling near areas held by Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon stated.

“Our forces did receive fire and return fire and then moved to a secure location,” Dillon said, adding that the coalition has told Turkey to tell the rebels it backs there that firing on U.S.-led coalition forces “is not acceptable.”

“Recent incidents have occurred in territories primarily under the control of Turkish-backed fighters. We are engaged with Ankara and other parties to address this danger,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN.

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