Operation Euphrates Shield
The United States supports Turkey's "legitimate interests" in Syria's last rebel bastion of Idlib, and its presence in the province, James Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy for Syria engagement and fight against ISIL, has said.
In an interview with private broadcaster NTV, Jeffrey said that the U.S. supports Turkey's interests in Idlib.
"We support Turkey's presence," he added.
Turkish and U.S. officials met on Feb. 12 in the capital Ankara to discuss the latest developments in northwestern Syria.
Deputy Defense Minister Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, U.S. special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey and U.S. ambassador to Turkey Michael Satterfield exchanged views on regional security issues, especially the situation in Idlib province.
Turkey will use its right of self-defense in the strongest manner if Turkey faces a new attack in Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Feb. 8.
"In the event of a new attack, the proper response will be given in the strongest manner based on the right of self-defense," the ministry said in a statement.
At least three Turkish soldiers were killed during an anti-terror operation in northern Syria, an official statement said on Jan. 6.
The soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack during a road control in the Operation Peace Spring zone, said the statement by Turkey's Defense Ministry.
The ministry extended condolences to the grieving families.
Turkey's Defense Ministry on Jan. 9 announced that four Turkish soldiers were killed during an anti-terror operation in Syria.
The soldiers were killed by a vehicle bomb attack during a road control in the Operation Peace Spring zone, the statement said.
The ministry also extended its condolences to the grieving families in the statement.
Turkey neutralized more than 200 terrorists during anti-terror operations at home and abroad in December, Deputy Interior Minister Ismail Çataklı said on Jan. 3.
Turkish security forces neutralized 144 YPG/PKK terrorists, including one on the orange list and three on the grey list, during Operation Kıran in the country's southeast, said Çataklı.