NATO chief concerned by Turkish operation in Syria, as opposition grows


NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed concern about the effect Turkey's invasion of northern Syria could have on the fight against the Islamic State group and stability in the region.

Stoltenberg says: “I am concerned about the consequences for … the gains we have made in fighting our common enemy,” the Islamic State group. “And it is extremely important that we preserve those gains.”

He was speaking in London on Tuesday after meeting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the actions of NATO member Turkey.

Britain and other European nations have suspended arms sales to Ankara following the invasion.

Stoltenberg says the move “reflects that many NATO allies are very critical and are condemning the military operation in northern Syria.” [AP]