October 14, 2019 / 9:24 PM / a month ago

Pentagon chief Esper says will press NATO allies to take measures against Turkey

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper addresses reporters during a media briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday he will meet with NATO allies next week to press them to take “diplomatic and economic measures” in response to Turkey’s incursion into Syria.

In a statement, Esper said Turkey’s military action “was unnecessary and impulsive” and could result in the resurgence of Islamic State.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler

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