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Pentagon urges Turkey to halt incursion into Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — An “impulsive” determination by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to invade northern Syria will additional destabilize a area already caught up in civil battle and places America’s Syrian Kurdish companions “in harm’s way,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper mentioned Friday.

Washington is “greatly disappointed” by the Turkish incursion, Esper mentioned at a Pentagon information convention, including that the invasion has broken relations with Turkey, a NATO ally. It additionally has raised the prospect of shedding management of 1000’s of captured Islamic State fighters.

Esper known as on the Turks to halt their operation, however he instructed reporters that he has no indication they’re keen to take action.

“To be clear,” Esper mentioned, “we are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces, and U.S. troops remain with them in other parts of Syria. The impulsive action of President Erdogan to invade northern Syria has put the United States in a tough situation.”

Speaking alongside Esper, Gen. Mark Milley mentioned the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish navy referred to as the Syrian Democratic Forces, remains to be guarding the camps holding IS prisoners.

Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, mentioned the Turkish navy operations throughout the border into Syria are “still relatively limited.” He additionally known as on the Syrian Kurds to point out restraint so {that a} diplomatic answer may emerge.

The remarks have been the Pentagon’s most express criticism of the Turkish operation, which started Wednesday as a marketing campaign in opposition to the Syrian Kurd-led militia that has partnered with U.S. forces over the previous 5 years to battle the Islamic State.

President Donald Trump has known as the invasion a “bad idea” and held out the opportunity of the U.S. mediating a settlement.

A senior Turkish official in Washington recommended that the U.S. mediation provide wouldn’t be welcomed in Ankara as a result of Turkey’s opposition to negotiating with terrorists. The official, who was not licensed to debate the matter publicly and spoke on situation of anonymity, mentioned earlier efforts to dealer offers with the Kurds had failed as a result of negotiating “will not change their basic motivation and will not change their tactics.”

The official reiterated that Turkey would halt the operation and withdraw its forces solely after the border space is cleared of “terrorists” however wouldn’t keep in Syria “one more day than is necessary.”

The Pentagon had mentioned earlier than the operation started that the U.S. navy wouldn’t help it, but it surely had not overtly criticized the invasion. The U.S. pulled about 30 particular operations troops out of remark posts alongside the invasion route on the Syrian border.

Turkey views parts of the U.S.-backed Syrian militia as terrorists and a border risk.

The U.S. has about 1,000 troops in Syria.

International help companies have warned of a humanitarian disaster, with almost a half-million individuals in danger close to the border.

In a written assertion, the chief Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, mentioned that in a telephone name Thursday together with his Turkish counterpart, Esper “made it clear” that the U.S. opposes the incursion.

Hoffman mentioned Esper instructed Defense Minister Hulusi Akar that his authorities’s navy actions “place at risk” the progress made to defeat the extremists, and Esper urged Turkey to cease its incursion.

Milley spoke by telephone Wednesday together with his Turkish counterpart to debate the safety scenario in Syria. Details weren’t launched.

The Turkish incursion has difficult U.S. navy efforts within the area, whilst Washington seeks to discourage Iran from additional assaults on Saudi Arabia following a drone and cruise missile assault in September that broken key Saudi oil amenities. In response, the U.S. mentioned it as deploying further air defenses to Saudi Arabia.

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