US Urges NATO Allies to Provide Turkey Military Aid in Syria

US envoy says 'everything is on table'

US special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey says the US is in talks with various NATO allies for providing more direct military aid to Turkey for the sake of the war in Syria. The US wants other nations to do more in the Syria conflict.

Jeffrey says “everything is on the table,” but it does not seem like the US will be offering much direct aid beyond ammunition. The US is conditioning Patriot missiles for the Syria War on Turkey not activating its S-400 air defenses.

Jeffrey also ruled out the use of US troops in Idlib if the ceasefire collapses. With the ceasefire still holding, the US calls for NATO involvement are likely not being viewed as high priority, but reflective of the US not liking the ceasefire.

The US was backing Turkey’s invasion of Idlib, and the US later blocked a UN resolution that backed the ceasefire. Turkey made a deal with Russia on joint patrols in Idlib, aimed to avoid further fighting.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.