Up to date: Oct 07, 2019 18:39 IST
Damascus [Syria], Oct 7 (ANI): The US navy on Monday evacuated two statement posts within the Syrian cities of Ras al-Ain and Inform Abiad, Sputnik information company reported.
This got here hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned that Ankara would kick off a navy air and floor operation in Syria within the coming days.
The White Home had beforehand introduced that the US is not going to help “or be concerned in” the navy operation by Turkey in northeast Syria.
“Turkey will quickly be transferring ahead with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The US Armed Forces is not going to help or be concerned within the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will now not be within the quick space,” White Home Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham mentioned in an announcement cited by The Hill.
Greater than 1,000 US troops are at the moment deployed in northeastern Syria, the place they work carefully with the Kurdish YPG, which leads the Syrian Democratic Forces within the area. The Kurds have confirmed to be amongst Washington’s only allies within the battle towards the Islamic State (ISIS) that has its stronghold in northern Syria.
Erdogan has repeatedly expressed frustration with Washington’s shut alliance with the Kurds alongside his nation’s border with Syria, linking them to the Kurdistan Employees’ Social gathering (PKK), which is designated a terrorist organisation in Turkey. Washington additionally labels the PKK a terrorist group, however not the YPG.
The US, in an effort to scale back tensions within the area, has been engaged on establishing a protected zone alongside the border. Nonetheless, the plans have faltered, and the Turkish President in latest days has warned that Ankara will quickly be launching a navy operation throughout the border, as quickly as throughout the subsequent couple of days.
Grisham, in her assertion, added that the US is not going to be holding any extra ISIS fighters, and that “Turkey will now be liable for all ISIS fighters within the space captured over the previous two years within the wake of the defeat of the territorial ‘Caliphate’ by the USA.” (ANI)