The United States refused to support Turkey’s military operation in Syria. The Press Secretary of the White House Stephanie Grisham reported.
The American side following the conversation of the American leader Donald Trump with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan made this statement. “Turkey will soon move forward with its long-planned operation in Northern Syria. The armed forces of the United States will not support or participate in the operation,” said Grisham.
The spokeswoman also stressed that US military forces will no longer be near the site of the operation.
Militants of the Kurdish rebel group “Syrian democratic forces” (SDF), supported by the United States, called “a stab in the back” statement by Washington about the withdrawal of their troops from Syria.
“There were assurances from the United States of America that they would not allow any Turkish military operations in the region. But today’s [US] announcement came as a surprise and we can say it’s a stab in the back of the SDF,” an SDF official told a local TV channel.
In recent months, the Turkish President has repeatedly said that Ankara has prepared for an operation in Syria and troops will be sent soon. In early October, Erdogan also said that the plan to create a security zone — the most logical and reasonable way for Syrians to return home.