U.S. learned of Turkish Afrin assault from third party – report

Turkey did not inform the United States before it began an assault on the area of Afrin in northern Syria at the weekend, the National reported.

Washington learned of the attack from a third party before it received information from Turkey, the National said, citing high-level Western sources.

A U.S. delegation currently visiting Turkey includes Thomas Goffus, deputy assistant secretary of defence for European and NATO policy at the Department of Defense, the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper said. Goffus is responsible for the day-to-day defence relationship between the United States, NATO and the European Union.

The Pentagon appointed Goffus in May. He was previously staff member for the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he was the lead adviser on national military strategy, counterterrorism, international defence cooperation, and foreign policy issues in U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command, according to the Pentagon’s website.

Jonathan Cohen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department, Is also part of the delegation.