US President is ready “if necessary” to use military force against Ankara against the background of the Turkish operation in Syria, the Secretary of state said. What specific actions can lead to this, he did not specify.
President Donald Trump is ready to use military force against Turkey “if necessary,” Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said in an interview with CNBC.
“We prefer peace to war. But in the event in which military action is needed, < ... > President Trump is fully prepared to take it,” he said.
At the same time, Pompeo refused to specify exactly what actions Ankara will lead to a military response from the United States. He explained that he did not want to interfere with “the President’s decision on whether to make a Grand commitment to use American military power.”
On October 9, Turkey launched a military operation “Source of freedom” against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria, which it considers terrorists. The US-allies of the Kurds-began withdrawing its troops from the region, but condemned Ankara’s actions and imposed economic sanctions against it. EU countries also opposed the operation.
On October 17, Washington and Ankara agreed to suspend the operation for 120 hours. It is assumed that the Kurds will move away from the border with Turkey and will allow without fighting establishing a security zone. After the armistice, the media reported the resumption of fighting, but Turkish President Recep Erdogan denied this information. He later promised to “take down the heads of terrorists” if the truce conditions are not met.