Votel is in northern Syria, meeting with PKK/YPG, when "ISIS" targets Turks in Syria's al Bab, immediately after Turkey claims success
The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State (IS) group, the group's spokesman said.
General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces (PKK/YPG) in the first such trip under the new US administration.
In an online statement, SDF spokesman Talal Sello said Votel "visited areas under our (PKK/YPG) control today (Friday) and met with several SDF commanders".
"The results were positive. We discussed the developments in the Euphrates Rage campaign and shared military matters."He described the meeting as "confirmation of US support for our forces".An SDF source told AFP the visit lasted four hours.
Votel made a similar trip to Syria in May 2016, meeting with SDF commanders as well as US military advisers working alongside them.