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URGENT – Turkish artillery fire comes close to US forces in Syria

(CNN) — Turkish artillery hit close to a US special operations unit near the Syrian city of Kobani on Friday, according to a US official familiar with the initial assessment. The artillery shells hit several hundred meters from where the US forces were located. There are no American injuries in the early reports and at this time no indication this was deliberate, the official said. Newsweek was first to report on the incident. Earlier on Friday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper stressed that the US will remain focused on the safety of its men and women in uniform and “as such we are re-positioning additional forces in the region to assist with force protection as necessary. “A US defense official also told CNN earlier Friday that the US has shared a list of “no-strike” locations with the government of Turkey, which goes beyond just where US troops are located and includes Kurdish areas, including Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled prisons holding ISIS prisoners that the US sees as necessary to the fight against the terrorist group

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