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US official: Europe could become more involved in Syria

US official: As the United States steps up, Europe could become more involved in Syria

US official: Europe could become more involved in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president's point man for countering Islamic State militants says that as the U.S. continues to build its military options in Syria, the Europeans might consider expanding its own operations to battle the extremists.

Retired Gen. John Allen told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that the U.S. military recently invited European allies to join it at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. That's where the U.S. is being allowed to launch air missions into Syria. Allen says that as time goes on, the U.S. might see its European partners become more involved.

He says there may be opportunities where the Europeans could do special operations for instance. He wouldn't elaborate further.


Updated : 2021-09-21 17:17 GMT+08:00