U.S. trying to avoid a Turkey-Kurdish conflict in Syria, general says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is taking steps to try to avoid a conflict between Turkey and U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the top U.S. commander overseeing American troops in the Middle East said on Thursday, acknowledging the risk of a clash existed.

Asked by influential Senator John McCain whether he shared the view about the risk of a conflict between the two U.S. allies, Army General Joseph Votel said: "I do, Mr. Chairman. And to that end, we are trying to take actions to prevent that from occurring."

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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