Turkey denies role in map showing US military posts in Syria
Jul. 20, 2017
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The spokesman for Turkeys' president says the government had no role in the publication by the Turkish state-run news agency of a map showing U.S. military posts in Syria.
The U.S. military said it had raised concerns with Ankara after Anadolu Agency published a map showing 10 locations where it says U.S. troops are located
The posts span a stretch of northern Syria controlled by Syrian Kurdish forces that the U.S. supports but that Turkey considers a terrorist group.
Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday the news article that contained the map was based on the agency's "own newsgathering network," insisting that the government had not given "the information or directed the agency."
Kalin says Turkey has no "thought or intention that would endanger the lives of our allies' soldiers."