US Opposes Turkeys Potential Military Operation In Northern Syria – Pentagon

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 14th July, 2022) The United States is against a doable navy operation by Turkey in northern Syria, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the center East Dana Stroul mentioned.

“We strongly oppose any Turkish operation into northern Syria and have made clear our objections to Turkey specifically because ISIS (Islamic State terror group, banned in Russia) is going to take advantage of that campaign and not to mention the humanitarian impact,” Stroul mentioned on Wednesday.

Stroul famous that the difficulty issues not just some 10,000 fighters of the Islamic State terror group (banned in Russia), who’re Syrian Democratic Forces custody, but in addition some 60,000 displaced individuals within the Al Hol and Al Roj camps in northern Syria who’re susceptible to radicalization and exploitation.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin mentioned earlier that Ankara was able to launch a brand new navy operation in northern Syria that would start at any second. Damascus has repeatedly referred to as the presence of Turkish forces within the border space of Syria, which perform operations there towards Kurdish formations, unlawful and urged Ankara to withdraw its troops.

Syrian Democratic Council Representative within the United States, Bassam Saker, advised Sputnik final weekthat the Syrian Kurds are warning Turkey’s potential navy operation in northern Syria will make it unattainable to safeguard prisons there and hundreds of Islamic State fighters might break away.

The armed battle in Syria has been occurring since 2011, with completely different rebel teams, together with terrorist organizations, preventing the Syrian Army to be able to topple the federal government of President Bashar Assad. In late 2017, the Islamic State was declared defeated in Syria and Iraq, however counterterrorism mop-up operations are nonetheless underway.

Washington backs the Kurdish armed teams in Syria regardless of protests by the Syrian authorities.

Damascus doesn’t acknowledge the so-referred to as autonomous administration of northern and japanese Syria, and calls the presence of the US navy on its territory an occupation whereas the theft of Syria’s oil state-sponsored piracy.

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