EXCLUSIVE – A Kurdish basic instructed Fox Information that NATO ally Turkey is planning to perform an enormous floor invasion into Syria, concentrating on the exact same Kurdish teams the US army has partnered with and relied on to battle ISIS in Northeast Syria.
The assault may put almost 1,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria in hurt’s means.
In an unique interview with Fox Information, the highest Common for the Kurdish-led Syrian Protection Forces, Common Mazloum Abdi, stated his forces would now not be capable of assist the U.S. fight ISIS as a result of they’re dealing with Turkish assaults.
“We didn’t freeze the joint actions towards ISIS alongside the worldwide coalition on function,” Gen. Mazloum stated by way of an interpreter. “However as I say, we needed to cease this motion as we go as a result of we’re below large stress of a attainable Turkish incursion into our areas.”
Turkish mortars, airstrikes and drones started concentrating on Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq within the wake of a November 13th terror bombing in Istanbul, which Turkey blamed on Kurdish teams.
Gen. Mazloum stated the bomber was from ISIS and condemned the assault. He warned Turkey is utilizing it as a pretense to ethnically cleanse the Kurds. Turkish warplanes struck a army base that the U.S. army shares with these Kurdish fighters outdoors Qamishli about 30 miles from Turkey’s border.
The US has relied on the SDF to do the bottom combating towards ISIS and for intelligence to focus on ISIS leaders like Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.
In a strongly worded assertion Wednesday the Pentagon stated it’s “deeply involved” by the escalation which threatens efforts to defeat ISIS and endangers the lives of U.S. personnel who’re working in Syria with native companions to defeat the terrorist group.
“Rapid de-escalation is critical with a purpose to preserve deal with the defeat-ISIS mission and make sure the security and safety of personnel on the bottom dedicated to the defeat-ISIS mission,” Brigadier Gen. Patrick S. Ryder, Pentagon Press Secretary instructed Fox Information in an announcement.
“Current air strikes in Syria immediately threatened the security of U.S. personnel who’re working in Syria with native companions to defeat ISIS and preserve custody of greater than ten thousand ISIS detainees.”
There are actually round 900 US troops on the bottom in Syria who wouldn’t have the Kurdish companions within the SDF to manage ISIS.
US forces have been 300 yards from the SDF base in Hasakah, Syria on the time of Turkish airstrike on Tuesday.
Gen. Mazloum referred to as on the American folks and the American authorities to face up for the Kurds.
“I need the American folks to point out the identical place they confirmed again in 2019 once we have been once more below stress from the Turks,” he stated. “We’re once more now below menace of being ethnically cleansed right here by the Turks. And I am asking the federal government and america folks to face up for his or her Kurdish mates right here.”