According to a report by Reuters, on Friday, Turkey's defense minister pledged to wage a campaign against a US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, shining a light on a potential conflict the Unites States has attempted to prevent. Despite being NATO allies, Turkey and the United States remain deeply divided over the implementation of President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw US troops stationed in Syria. The plan reportedly hinges on Turkey's ability to secure a swathe of northeast Syria as the United States withdraws. The comments by Turkey's Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, made during an unannounced visit to inspect troops stationed near the Syrian border, reportedly appeared to be aimed at both the United States and its Kurdish allies.

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