Ankara continues military operation against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Kraft on Thursday warned Turkey that the operation against the Kurds in northeastern Syria will entail consequences if Ankara does not protect vulnerable categories of the population and fails to contain the “Islamic state.”
“If there is no playing by the rules, protecting the vulnerable population and ensuring that is cannot take advantage of these actions to regain its position, there will be consequences,” Kraft told reporters after a closed Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria.
Turkey calls its actions a “balanced and responsible” anti-terrorist operation, while the Kurds inhabiting the region call for “saving people from genocide.”
Turkey has been planning to attack the Kurds for a long time. They have been fighting forever. We have no soldiers or Military anywhere near the attack area. I am trying to end the ENDLESS WARS. Talking to both sides. Some want us to send tens of thousands of soldiers to….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
Meanwhile, the President of the United States Donald Trump is continuing to defend his decision to withdraw from North Syria. On Thursday, he tweeted: “Turkey has been planning to attack the Kurds for a long time. The struggle between them has been going on for ages. Our soldiers are nowhere near the attack zone. I’m trying to stop the endless wars.” The President also warned that he is ready to “hurt Turkey” with sanctions if it does not” play by the rules.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the operation has already killed 109 “terrorists” (meaning Kurdish fighters). He also warned that he would send Syrian refugees to Europe if the EU called the Turkish operation an “invasion.” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is scheduled to meet Erdogan in Istanbul on Friday.
US authorities say they are monitoring reports of attacks by Islamic State sleeper cells. As noted in an interview with Free News, one of the sources, “any unilateral actions in the North-East of Syria are of serious concern,” because they create a situation that the group will be able to take advantage.
The Turkish Defense Ministry insists that Security Council resolutions and provisions of international law that guarantee Turkey’s «right to self-defense» carry out the operation.
In the” Twitter “of the Syrian democratic forces on Thursday, a post was published with gratitude to several countries for “decent behavior” towards the inhabitants of the North-East of Syria. The list includes Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Britain, France, and Germany. The US was not among them.