Turkey summons U.S. envoy over top general’s Syria visit

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey on Monday summoned U.S. ambassador Jeff Flake to convey its discomfort about the top U.S. general’s visit to northeast Syria over the weekend, a foreign ministry source said. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the unannounced visit on March 4 to review a nearly eight-year-old U.S. mission to an area controlled by the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF, the primary ally of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, played a key role in defeating Islamic State jihadists across Syria, but U.S. support for the group h…

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