Ankara assures Russia that it will continue to respond to the attacks from northern Syria
Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar assured his Russian counterpart in a phone call yesterday that Ankara would continue to respond to attacks from northern Syria after Moscow asked Ankara to avoid a full-scale attack in Syria.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that Akar told his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu that “Turkey’s priority is to permanently prevent terrorist threats (from northern Syria)” and stressed the need to align with previous agreements on the issue keep.
Three local sources said Turkish drones are attacking major oil facilities operated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria.
The SDF said dozens, including 11 of its fighters, were killed in the strikes.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to expand the operation, saying Ankara will launch a ground attack when the time is right.
For its part, the United States yesterday called for an “immediate end to the escalation” in northern Syria.
“The United States is pushing for an immediate halt to the escalation in northern Syria,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. We are deeply concerned by recent military actions that are destabilizing the region… and endangering American civilians and personnel.
We understand that Turkey has legitimate security concerns related to terrorism. At the same time, however, we have consistently expressed our serious concerns about the impact of the escalation in Syria.
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