ISTANBUL – Turkey has threatened to Thursday to launch a military operation in northern Syria against Syrian Kurds, local media reported.
The head of Turkish diplomacy, Mevlut Cavusoglu, warned that Ankara would launch an operation in northern Syria "if the planned US withdrawal from this sector were to be delayed."
Speaking in an NTV interview, Mevlut Cavusoglu, reacted to recent statements by his US counterpart Mike Pompeo that Washington has delayed the withdrawal of its troops from northern Syria to to make sure that Turkey does not intervene. US President Donald Trump announced in December the withdrawal of some 2,000 US troops stationed in Syria.
The announcement of the US withdrawal and the vagueness surrounding its terms and timing have pushed Turkey to suspend its military intervention that it seemed about to unleash mid-December in northern Syria against the forces of the United States. People's Protection Units (YPG). Ankara views these local forces as "terrorists."
"Turkey will fight the YPG, whether the United States withdraws or not", argued in this context Mr. Cavusoglu.