As a Turkey-backed offensive neared Manbij, Syria, the head of U.S. Central Command said withdrawal was “not something we are looking into.”
“It is a strange incident,” Turkish media analyst Nate Schenkkan told Newsweek.
After ISIS was mostly defeated in the east, the Syrian military set its sights on rebel-held Idlib, while Turkey targeted U.S.-backed Kurds in Afrin, Aleppo.
Turkey and Iran, traditional foes, have established common ground in Iraq, Syria and Qatar as regional alliances shift.
Set to open next month in Somalia, this is the second Turkish overseas military installation, after a base in Qatar.
Two majors, four captains and two sergeants applied for asylum in Greece on the night of the attempted coup.