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US not planning to send new weapons to Turkey for Syria campaign

The State Department clarifies its special envoy's remarks that the United States would be supplying ammunition to Turkey — which has been engaged in battle in Idlib, Syria — saying only that the United States is considering Turkish requests for assistance.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft and James Jeffrey, the U.S. envoy for Syria, pose with rescue workers at the Syrian commercial crossing point of Bab al-Hawa opposite to Turkey's Cilvegozu border gate, in Idlib governorate, Syria, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tuvan Gumrukcu - RC2DCF9L6XKM

The Donald Trump administration will not provide fresh supplies of ammunition to Turkey for its ongoing offensive into Syria’s contested Idlib province, where an airstrike that killed at least 34 Turkish troops last week has sparked a tit-for-tat between the NATO ally and the Bashar al-Assad regime.

The State Department's special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, told reporters today during a trip to Idlib province that the United States would provide fresh supplies of ammunition to Ankara. But officials later clarified to Al-Monitor that Jeffrey’s comments referred to ongoing US support to Turkey.

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