Pentagon: Turkish air strikes in Syria threatened protection of US personnel

WASHINGTON, Nov 24 ― Turkish air strikes in northern Syria threatened the safety of US military staff and the escalating condition jeopardised years of development towards Islamic State militants, the Pentagon explained yesterday.

The public feedback signify the strongest condemnation by the United States of Nato-ally Turkey’s air operations in current days in opposition to a Kurdish militia in northern Syria to day.

“Recent air strikes in Syria right threatened the basic safety of US staff who are doing the job in Syria with regional associates to defeat ISIS and maintain custody of much more than ten thousand ISIS detainees,” the Pentagon’s spokesman, Air Pressure Brigadier Typical Pat Ryder, explained in a statement.

Ryder stated the escalating predicament threatened the development built in the fight versus Islamic Condition militants in the area.

He added that the United States recognizes Turkey’s “legitimate security fears.”

“Immediate de-escalation is necessary in buy to maintain concentration on the defeat-ISIS mission and make sure the security and stability of staff on the floor dedicated to the defeat-ISIS mission,” Ryder additional.

The United States has approximately 900 troopers in Syria, mostly in the northeast of the country, who operate with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is led by Kurdish fighters from the YPG, to struggle against Islamic State remnants.

President Tayyip Erdogan mentioned yesterday that Turkey’s air operations had been only the commencing and it would launch a land procedure when handy just after an escalation in retaliatory strikes.

Ankara released air functions at the weekend in retaliation for an Istanbul bomb attack a week before that killed 6 individuals, and which it blamed on the YPG. No person has claimed responsibility and the PKK and YPG have denied involvement.

Turkey has formerly released armed service incursions in Syria from the Kurdish YPG militia, with regards to it as a wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Staff Party (PKK), which Turkey, the United States and the European Union designate as a terrorist team.

This is not the to start with time Turkey’s operations in northern Syria have threatened US personnel. In 2019, American troops in the area arrived less than artillery fire from Turkish positions as Turkey waged an offensive towards US-allied Kurdish militia at the time. ― Reuters