‘We retain the right of self-defense’: Turkish artillery landed near U.S. Special Forces in Kobane

There are multiple reports right now of artillery landing close to U.S. troops in the Syrian city of Kobane, thankfully with no injuries reported:

This is nuts:

A U.S. officials says “it does not appear to be a deliberate hit”:

Earlier, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Milley warned that “we are the United States military, we retain the right of self-defense”:

Gen. Milley and Defense Sec. Esper are also trying to reassure the Kurds that the U.S. has not abandoned them:

And they can’t explain why Turkey decided to take action now:

Editor’s note: An additional tweet was added to this post.