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Pentagon: Turkish Unilateral Action in Northeast Syria Would Be ‘Unacceptable’

Sputnik – 13.12.2018

WASHINGTON – A Turkish unilateral military operation in northeast Syria if launched would be unacceptable and Ankara should consult with the United States to address the security situation, Defense Department spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson told Sputnik.

Earlier, Ankara announced that the Turkish military would launch an operation against Kurdish forces.

“Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern,” Robertson said on Wednesday when asked about Turkey’s announcement. “We would find any such actions unacceptable… coordination and consultation between the US and Turkey is the only approach to address issues of security concern in this area.”

The United States believes that the High Level Working Group on Syria with its Turkish partners is the only way to secure the northeastern border area in a sustainable manner, Robertson said.

Uncoordinated military operations will undermine the shared US-Turkish interests in Syria, Robertson said. As a NATO ally and key partner in the Global Coalition against Daesh terrorist group*, both countries have solemn obligations to each other’s security, he added.

The United States remains committed to Turkey’s border security, he said.

US-Turkish relations have suffered a setback amid Ankara’s concerns over US support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Ankara has also repeatedly accused Washington of failing to fulfil its promises regarding the withdrawal of the YPG from Syria’s Manbij.

Ankara regards YPG as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), outlawed in Turkey.

December 12, 2018 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Militarism | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. “Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern,” Robertson said on Wednesday when asked about Turkey’s announcement. “We would find any such actions unacceptable… coordination and consultation between the US and Turkey is the only approach to address issues of security concern in this area.”

    Maybe the USA should withdraw its Forces from Syria, as demanded by the legitimate President, Mr Assad would be a good idea, so that there can be no ‘accidental’ American deaths…….

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | December 12, 2018 | Reply

  2. Syria is a sovereign state. Turkey needs to consult with Syria before it crosses into its border. That is an act of war. I would also like to remind people that Syria had the no.1 economy in the region until the IMF/World Bank decided to look in their direction. The US had good relations with Syria up until 2010. Syria has zero foreign debt and is no.3 in oil. The American-Israel-Saudi pact doesn’t help. These oil and gas pipelines don’t help. Israel clearly wants to extend its border and acquire more oil. Saudi does not like secular states in the region. Our NeoCons desire world domination through Israel and the Petro-Dollar. Our neoliberals desire the destruction of Russia/China for global conquest. When will the people wake from their slumber.

    Comment by John P. | December 19, 2018 | Reply


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