Jan 28 2018

U.S. actions in Syria didn’t match their promises – Turkish govt spox

Turkish government spokesman Bekir Bozdağ criticised the U.S. administration for not keeping its promises regarding Turkey’s security concerns in Syria.

Ankara accuses Washington for risking Turkey’s border security by arming Syrian Kurdish militia, People’s Protection Units (YPG), which is the backbone of U.S.-led forces in its fight against Islamic State.

“So far, the U.S. official’s promises to Turkey didn’t match their actions in the field unfortunately. Each action contradicted their promises,” Bozdağ was quoted by the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) as saying.

Map of Syria locating the positions of fighting forces, as of Jan 26. 2018. AFP / AFP
Map of Syria locating the positions of fighting forces, as of Jan 26. 2018. AFP / AFP

Turkey on Jan. 20 launched a military incursion on northwestern Syrian district of Afrin against the Kurdish militia, citing security concerns.

Turkish officials later signalled expanding the incursion alongside Turkey-Syria border, and forming a 30 km wide “safe zone” inside Syrian territory until Iraq border.

Most of the northern Syria is currently held by Kurdish groups which claim a federal administration.

Turkey will not allow any Kurdish state in Syria and will struggle against whomever is behind them, Bozdağ told AA.