WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. does not endorse Turkey's military assault on Syria, calling the operation a "bad idea."

Trump's written statement was issued hours after Turkey, a NATO ally, launched an offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria, who have helped the U.S. against the Islamic State but are viewed by Turkey as terrorists. Trump's recent decision to pull back U.S. troops leaves those fighters vulnerable.

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