UK warns Turkey against unilateral military action in Syria: report

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: A general view of The Houses of Parliament on December 2, 2015 in London, England. British MPs are expected to vote tonight on whether to back UK airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria following a 10-hour long debate. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Britain warned Turkey on Tuesday against taking unilateral military action in Syria after the United States began pulling back troops from the border there.

“We have been consistently clear with Turkey that unilateral military action must be avoided as it would destabilize the region and threaten efforts to secure the lasting defeat of Daesh [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)],” foreign office minister Andrew Murrison said.

Murrison also distanced the government from US President Donald Trump’s earlier assertion that Britain was thrilled at his decision to withdraw troops.

Murrison said he had “no idea” where that comment came from and that it certainly was not based on the content of a call between British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday.

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