One of the officers warned that while the video appears to be showing a possible extrajudicial execution of a prisoner by Turkish-affiliated fighters, it does not provide conclusive evidence of Turkey's guilt in a war crime. The quality of the video and the lack of additional information about the circumstances shown.
US officials have repeatedly said that it is possible that Turkish-backed fighters in Syria have committed possible war crimes as part of Ankara's raid on America's Kurdish partners in the fight against ISIS.
A senior official described the Turkish deputies as "thugs" and "bandits," and one US defense official told CNN last week that the US had become aware of several pieces of information about potential weeks of war crimes in recent weeks.
A senior US State Department official told reporters on Tuesday additional details on some incidents committed by Turkish-backed opposition forces, which the US government considers potential war crimes.
Her death sparked outrage among US officials "There was another incident in which a person filmed by members of one of these TSOs was executed when the person was handcuffed behind him," he said Officials and used a shortcut from the US government to point to the Turkish deputies.
"There was a report on the use of chemical weapons, especially of white phosphorus, "said the official, adding that they had seen several examples of people, medical units and weapons such as those hit by shell fire and the like.
The officer said the number of incidents had not risen and reiterated that it was not a "large" number of incidents.
"We ask the Turks to chase them down. What the Turks told us is that they take them seriously, "the official said, adding that the Turks told them that they had passed those who were being executed by the Syrian National Army to the Defense Minister of the Syrian National Army and that they have set up a commission. "The" Syrian National Army "is the name given by Ankara to its Syrian deputy.
"We do not know these people very well, we do not know how well they will do it, our interlocutor on these issues is Turkey, because Turkey supported these people and took the initiative to cross the border" said the official.
A Pentagon spokesman said they would not comment on alleged internal or intelligence reports. "
" We remain concerned about reports that opposition supporters supported by Turkey may have violated the law of armed conflict in northeastern Syria. We have asked the Turkish government for additional information to support these groups and a firm commitment by Turkey to prevent violations of the law of armed conflict, "they added.
" The Turkish government has US officials inform that they take these allegations seriously and investigate the circumstances surrounding these actions. The United States has urged Turkey to urgently pursue this matter and to be transparent in any investigation, "said the spokesman.
According to a State Department official, the Special Representative for Syria and the Global Coalition discussed the defeat of ISIS Jim Jeffrey "Investigating credible reports of violations of the law of armed conflict" at meetings with senior Turkish officials in Ankara last week.
Erdogan invited "Shame on the United States"
Am Tuesday afternoon Democratic Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen described Trump's invitation to Erdogan as "a disgrace to the United States."
Erdogan uses jihadi proxies containing a variety of al-Qaida elements and commit grave human rights abuses. including The Trump Administration has ane recognized that they were war crimes, "he said in the Senate.
Last week, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told CNN in a statement that "in the first few days" of the Turkish offensive in Syria, "We had Serious concerns over reports that the opposition supported by Turkey may have violated the law of armed conflict in northeastern Syria, including reports of the killing of unarmed civilians and prisoners and reports of ethnic cleansing, "adding" them Concerns persist "
" And so, what we have done and will continue to do, and that of the Secretary We have raised this issue among his colleagues and turn to the Turks Provide information about what we believe to be happening and we expect them to investigate, we expect them to hold these people accountable and we will continue to do that with them, "he added 9659028]