Ankara warns US spec ops to Abandon Kurds or risk Turkish Attacks

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Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag also stated that “those who support the terrorist organisation will become a target in this battle.”

Turkey’s government has urged the United States to rein in its support for pro-Kurdish fighters, otherwise, they risk engaging with Turkish troops on the battlefront in Syria. The statement, which was issued by the spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan’s government, is one of the strongest issued by officials in Ankara concerning the possibility of confrontation between the two NATO allies, according to the Middle East Eye.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag also weighed in on the matter, stating that “those who support the terrorist organization will become a target in this battle.”

The comments come just six days following the launch of operation “Olive Branch,” Turkey’s air and ground mission conducted in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin to counter the People’s Protection Units, YPG, which it deems a security threat.

If Turkish troops move in the direction of Manbij, territory controlled by Kurdish fighters roughly 100km east of Afrin, it could spell open confrontation with U.S. troops already deployed in the region, according to Middle East Eye.

Bozdag, who also serves as Turkey’s spokesman, said: “the United States needs to review its soldiers and elements giving support to terrorists on the ground in such a way as to avoid a confrontation with Turkey.” He added that “starting in Manbij, we will continue to thwart their game.”

However, the United States, with roughly 2,000 troops deployed in Syria, view the YPG as a strategic ally in the fight against Syrian government forces and ISIS. The Pentagon noted that weapons provided to YPG are carefully tracked and that discussions with Turkey would remain open.

“We carefully track those weapons that are provided to them, we ensure that they, to the maximum extent possible, don’t fall into the wrong hands and we’re continuing discussions with the Turks on this issue,” said Lieutenant General and joint staff director, Kenneth McKenzie.

Via TeleSur


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6 Responses

  1. The Trump administration has already winked and nodded at Turkish state goons beating protesters in the USA.

    On the one hand hopefully folks like Kelly and Mattis understand what a firestorm would be unleashed if they let Turkish troops kill American troops in Syria. On the other hand it would interesting to see how slavishly the supposedly “pro-military” Trumpists would follow their leader if he tried to make excuses or blame Obama for that bit of news, if it comes to pass.

    • “. . . . or blame Obama for that bit of news, if it comes to pass.”

      Trump is the result of 8 years by a person-of-color as our President and the effect it had on the inbreds and FAS sufferers in our country. They CAIN’T STAND IT NO MORE!

      Therefore Trump.

    • The Trump Administration is open for bidding on its Turkey policy. I figure half his people have been bought by Turkey, the other half by its rivals. He himself has been bought by Russia and Saudi Arabia, which both have an interest in who controls the corridor between Iran and Syria. It’s time for them to ante up.

  2. Don’t kid yourself — American fury would be directed against the Turks who caused the deaths.

  3. Surely this is all untrue.

    Candidate Trump told everyone he would leave Syria (and Afghanistan and and and ) and he recently had a rally for his fanatics where he proclaimed “promises made, promises kept.”
    Surely, the United States wouldn’t put up with a hypocritical lying dotard on top!

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