Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (source: Reuters)
Overseas Network, Oct. 12 - Turkish Army launched military operations against Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Oct. 9, causing concern among many countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday (11) that the Turkish military will continue to attack Kurdish militants in northern Syria despite threats from the United States and allies. He insisted that the target was not our brother Kurds, but terrorists.
Taken together with todays news from Russia (RT) and the New York Times (NYT), Erdogan said, We cant wait. No matter what anyone says, we will not stop this fight. The United States and Europe say that we are killing Kurds. But the Kurds are our brothers, and the goal of our struggle is to fight against terrorist organizations.
U.S. withdrawal from Syria was accused of abandoning allies and the White Houses attitude toward Turkey was swaying from left to right. Under pressure of public opinion, US President Trump said on October 10 that he hoped to mediate between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish armed forces. At the same time, he also threatened that Turkey knew the bottom line of the United States. If Turkey crossed the bottom line, the United States might turn to Turkey. In fact, the implementation of tough sanctions.
Steve Mnuchin, the US Treasury Secretary, said Trump would sign an executive order allowing the Treasury to sanction anyone associated with the Turkish government or any department of the government and if necessary, we can block the Turkish economy. The Pentagon also lashed out at Turkeys impulsive action.
At the same time, Egypt, the League of Arab States, Britain, France, Germany and Israel also strongly condemned Turkey, while NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg called on Turkey to maintain restraint. Turkish President Erdogan responded that no matter what anyone said, Turkey would not stop the fighting. He even said that if the EU decided that Turkey had occupied Syria, Syrian refugees would be allowed to enter Europe via Turkey.
Trump and Erdogan (Oriental ic)
In addition, Turkeys military operations have also raised concerns about the resurgence of the Islamic State. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on November 11: In northern Syria, many armed elements of the Islamic State (ISIS) are being held in Kurdish armed prisons. And with the entry of Turkish forces and the withdrawal of Kurds from these places, terrorists may escape. Putin said frankly that he was not sure whether the Turkish side could control the situation.
In this regard, Erdogan promised to continue to fight against the Islamic State and the Turkish army and allies would continue to protect any militant detained by Kurds in prison.
On October 9, local time, Turkish President Erdogan announced the launching of a fountain of peace military operation, Turkey and its support of the Syrian opposition armed Syrian Liberal Army jointly against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Just three days ago, Trump agreed to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria after talking to Erdogan.
Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026