China Daily Online, Oct. 12 - Turkish Armed Forces launched the third cross-border strike against Syrian Kurdish armed forces since 2016 on Oct. 9. The U.S. government does not support or participate in it. At present, the United States seems to have lifted a stone and hit itself in the foot.
According to the Daily Mail of Britain, on October 11, local time, US special forces stationed in northern Syria were shelled by Turkey. Turkeys Ministry of Defence argued that this was a misoperation. But the U.S. Department of Defense pointed out that Turkey knew where the U.S. troops were stationed.
On the evening of November 11, Turkey launched an artillery shelling on the northern Syrian city of Kobani, which landed several hundred meters from the US military observation post. Although the attack did not cause any casualties, it highlighted the risks they currently face in the region.
Turkeys Ministry of Defence issued a statement explaining that earlier in the day, a military base south of Suluqi was attacked and artillery shells were fired from the vicinity of the above-mentioned US military observation post, which was counterattacked by the Turkish side.
The statement also pointed out that when the Turkish side responded, it had taken all measures to prevent damage to U.S. military bases. We stopped the shelling after we received the relevant information from the US side.
However, the U.S. Department of Defense did not buy the explanation. Turkey knows that there are still U.S. troops in this area, Defense Ministry spokesman Brook DeWalter said in a statement. Although President Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops earlier this week, some soldiers were stationed there during the withdrawal.
Mark Millie, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, pointed out directly that the Ministry of Defense had notified Turkey earlier on November 11 that there were still U.S. soldiers stationed in Syria and given specific coordinates.
Newsweek quoted anonymous Defense Department officials as saying that under such circumstances, the Turkish military is unlikely to mistake American soldiers for Kurds, who know the exact location of the US military.
Turkeys move seems to have angered the U.S. government. US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin warned Tuesday that if Turkish President Erdogan crosses the line, President Trump will impose major sanctions on Turkey.
Source: Responsible Editor of China Daily Network: Li Zaoxing_NBJS9026