U.S. State Dept: Don’t attack Afrin, focus on ISIS

Turkey should not take any action in Afrin and focus instead on fighting ISIS, said Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State.

Ankara has been making preparations to strike Kurdish forces in Afrin since news hit headlines last Sunday of plans to establish a U.S.-backed border force including fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, considered terrorists by Turkey.

“We would call certainly on Turks not to take any action of that sort,” said Nauert at a press conference on Thursday, referring to the planned attack. “We want everyone to keep their eye on the ball. Focus needs to be on ISIS. We dont want them to engage in violence but we want them to keep focus on ISIS.”