After US President Donald Trump announced a decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria, having declared victory over Daesh, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan postponed the beginning of a military operation against Kurdish fighters in the Mideast country.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin has rejected US claims that Ankara was targeting Kurds in Syria:
“The claim that Turkey is targeting Kurds is irrational. Turkey’s target is Daesh and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terror groups. To argue that a terrorist organisation represents Kurds is, above all, disrespectful to our Kurdish brothers. One of the goals of Turkey’s struggle against the PKK and its Syrian offshoots is to save the Kurds from the tyranny and oppression of this terror group”, Kalin stated.
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Kalin’s comments come shortly after US National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that American troops were going to maintain their presence in northeastern Syria until Turkey guaranteed the Kurdish fighters would be safe.
“We don’t think the Turks ought to undertake military action that’s not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States at a minimum so they don’t endanger our troops, but also so that they meet the president’s requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered”, Bolton said.
Earlier this week, US…