He also said there were enough American troops in the country to hold off the Turkish advance with artillery and air support, but the U.S. did not intend to fight for the Kurds against Turkey, a longtime NATO ally.
Earlier, the US administration said that the United States plans to withdraw most of the US troops from Northern Syria soon. On the withdrawal of about 1 thousand militaries of the country in the shortest possible time and said the day before Esper.
On October 13, it was reported that the Kurds agreed with the Syrian authorities to deploy troops along the border with Turkey to prevent its military offensive: Ankara launched operation Source of peace against the “Syrian democratic forces,” supported by the States, and the Kurdish “People’s self-defense Units,” saying that the States did not fulfill its promise to create a safe zone in the region. The US refused to participate in the operation from the very beginning. Later, some European countries condemned the actions of Turkey, and France and Germany suspended the supply of weapons to the country.