Turkey says will launch Syria attack if US delays troop pullout

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:26 pm

Turkey will go ahead with an offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria if the United States delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.

"If the [withdrawal] is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision," he told NTV channel on Thursday.

Cavusoglu said a military operation against the US-allied Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which it has pledged to carry out in northeastern Syria, is not dependent on the pullout of US troops.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:59 am

Why is Turkey still in NATO???
"It's in your nature to destroy yourselves." - Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:00 pm

RiffRaff wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:59 am
Why is Turkey still in NATO???
NATO ARE TO SCARED TO DO OTHERWISE.?
Possible outcomes of non- NATO ??? :?
Possible Kurds are not the main issue?
Regional security.?
A dozen excuses- reasons they won't admit and just 1 to tell public like it or not. Surprisingly?

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Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:37 pm

RiffRaff wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:59 am
Why is Turkey still in NATO???
Turkey is still in NATO because of its proximity to Russian bases in the Black Sea and its control of the Bosphorus Strait.

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Turkey and the United States will intensify talks this week to shape the latter’s withdrawal from Syria amid differences over the status of the YPG and Turkey’s preparations for a new military incursion into the eastern Euphrates.

Diplomats and military officials will resume talks in the Turkish capital in order to follow up last week’s comprehensive negotiations chaired by White House National Security Advisor John Bolton and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief advisor, İbrahim Kalın that sought coordination of the U.S. withdrawal so that no vacuums would be created to the advantage of the terror groups.

Talks made clear that one of the U.S. priorities was to urge Turkey to give assurances on the protection of the YPG after the withdrawal while the Turkish government underlined that it will never seek any other country’s consent in taking own measures against the terrorist presence just across its borders.
In an interview with a local radio, Bolton said he delivered a non-paper to the Turkish team last week that outlines basic points of the U.S. policy with regard to its withdrawal and expectations from Turkey.

“You know, what we did was to give the Turks a piece of paper, a non-paper, that’s a fancy diplomatic term for just being a set of ideas, but expressing what the U.S. position was fully agreed upon by the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, so that the Turks knew we were all speaking with one voice despite the media commentary that would have you believe otherwise,” Bolton said.

According to a news report by the Middle East Eye, five points outlined on the U.S. non-paper are as such:

Firstly, the U.S. reiterated that the withdrawal of its anti-ISIL forces in northeastern Syria would happen in a deliberate, orderly and strong manner.

Secondly, the US committed itself to defeating the remnants of ISIL and continuing to damage IS targets throughout the withdrawal period.

Thirdly, the US declared that it wants a negotiated solution to Turkish security concerns with regard to the YPG, meaning that it opposes any mistreatment of opposition forces who fought with the US against ISIL.

Fourthly, the US would pursue the withdrawal of Iranian-backed forces from Syria and a political solution in Syria.

Finally, the US made clear that the release of captured ISIL militants - described as “foreign terrorists” by the US official - held by the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces is “unacceptable”.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey ... wal-140471

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Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:21 pm

Turkey on Jan. 14 warned U.S. President Donald Trump against conflating Syrian Kurds with the illegal PKK, while stressing the strategic partnership between two countries.

“It is a fatal mistake to equate Syrian Kurds with the PKK, which is on the US terrorists list, and its Syria branch PYD/YPG,” Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın said on Twitter.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdoga ... rth-140505

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Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:24 pm

Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone....
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta ... 04768?s=19

....Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term U.S. policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies. We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS!
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta ... 76322?s=19

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Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:58 pm

Turkey will set up a safe zone 30 kilometers deep into northeastern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, a move suggested by President Donald Trump, adding that the two sides’ teams will continue to discuss the technical aspects of the proposed measure along the Syrian border.

“Mr. Trump once again confirmed his decision to withdraw from Syria. He also spoke about a security zone more than 30 kilometers deep inside [Syria], which would be set up by us, an issue that I had raised during the Obama administration,” Erdoğan said during his weekly address to his parliamentary group on Jan. 15 in Ankara.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey ... gan-140525

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