@washingtonpost scribe covering the military. State-school kid via @UMassAmherst & @UofMaryland. Chicopee native. https://t.co/slimoAu9Db
@JimLaPorta A second U.S. official tells me it "won't be a handover " of Manbij. But they will move in when the United States leaves, the official said. Make of that what you will. "We are deconflicting, " the official said.
Pentagon just released a new statement from @EsperDoD that directly blames the release of ISIS detainees on Turkey's incursion into Syria. It also notes that Erdogan "bears full responsibility" for "potential war crimes."
This statement does have a couple notable aspects. 1) Directly blames Turkey for the release of ISIS prisoners after Turkey (and Trump) suggested otherwise. 2) Leaves out Oct. 6 statement from WH that said U.S. would not stand in way of Turkish operation.
Syria map as of today, per @washingtonpost 's mapping a graphics wizards.
This is Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor. He was killed by small-arms fire in Afghanistan on Saturday, July 13 while deployed with 10th Special Forces Group. Between Iraq and Afghanistan, Sartor was deployed in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2019. RIP.
This is Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, who shared my hometown of Chicopee, MA. He and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, CA, were killed yesterday in Afghanistan's Faryab Province. RIP.