US Forces Will Not Support Turkey’s Operation in Northern Syria, White House Says

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The announcement came shortly after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would kick off a military air and ground operation east of the Euphrates river in Syria in the coming days.

The United States will not support Turkey in its operation in Northern Syria, the White House announced after phone talks between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area,” the White House statement says.

According to Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, Ankara will create a safe zone in Syria to exterminate terrorists and ensure the safe return of the refugees to their homeland.

Meanwhile, media reported that the US military had evacuated two observation posts in Ras al-Ain and Tell Abiad ahead of the looming operation. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that the withdrawal has started after his phone call with Trump, adding that Ankara and Washington would continue the talks on the issue.

He also announced his plan to visit Washington to meet with Trump in the first half of November, in…

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