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The world must support Turkey’s plan for northeastern Syria

The Washington Post carried an article by Turkish Presidency's communications director Fahrettin Altun.

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The world must support Turkey’s plan for northeastern Syria

After a phone call between Turkish President Erdoğan and the US President Trump, the White House announced the withdrawal of the US forces in northern Syria. Altun wrote that Turkish Army will soon cross the Turkish-Syrian border. 

He said that Turkey doesn't go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. He quoted Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:“Unless a nation’s life faces peril, war is murder.”

He assured that Turkey has no ambition in northeastern Syria except to neutralize a long-standing threat against Turkish citizens and to liberate the local population from the yoke of armed thugs. He also reminded that Turkey was the first country to deploy military forces to fight against Islamic State:

''Having suffered dozens of casualties in Islamic State attacks, Turkey was the first country to deploy combat forces to fight the terrorists in Syria. Our country also helped the Free Syrian Army keep thousands of Islamic State militants behind bars for years. It is in our interest to preserve what the United States has accomplished, and to ensure that history does not repeat itself''.

He wrote that YPG/PKK have only two options:

''If they are genuinely interested in fighting Islamic State, they can defect without delay. Or they can listen to their commanders, who say that they will fight the Turkish forces — in which case we will have no choice but to stop them from disrupting our counter-Islamic State efforts''.

For the full article check the link below:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/08/world-must-support-turkeys-plan-northeastern-syria/

 

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