Turkey will continue an offensive against Syrian Kurdish warriors in Syria if the United States delays the withdrawal of its…
Turkey will continue an offensive against Syrian Kurdish warriors in Syria if the United States delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.
“If [withdrawal] is set out with ridiculous excuses that Turks massacre the Kurds, who do not reflect reality, we will implement this decision,” he told the NTV channel on Thursday.
Cavusoglu said a military operation against the US-allied Kurdish people’s security units (YPG), which it has promised to perform in northeastern Syria, is not dependent on the release of US troops.
“We are determined on the field and at the table … We will decide on their time and we will not get permission from anyone.”
Turkey has long condemned the United States for its military relationship with the Kurdish warriors .
Ankara considers YPG and its political wing ̵
1; the Kurdish Democratic Union PYD – to both “terrorist groups” with ties to the Forbidden Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey.
Last month, US President Donald Trump said he is pulling out about 2,000 US troops from Syria in a statement that shocked many Washington politicians as well as Western and Kurdish allies fighting alongside the United States in the war-torn country.
Trump’s decision to withdraw troops was initially expected to take place quickly, but the timetable became vague in the weeks following his announcement.
France, Britain and the local armed groups have also warned that the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant ISIL also known as ISIS) had not been completely defeated yet.
On Sunday, US security advisor John Bolton had established the conditions for the US Syrian exit that contained Turkey guaranteeing YPG’s security.
Ankara has rejected the United States’ demand for assurances that it will not attack its Kurdish allies in Syria. The US troops retreat from the war-torn region.
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the call to protect Kurdish warriors as “serious wrong”.
On Wednesday, Cavusoglu said that the United States is facing separation difficulties with the Kurdish fighters who were allied with fighting ISIL.
“It is difficult to break up a terrorist organization after being involved in it at this level,” Cavusoglu said.