EXCLUSIVE – A Kurdish common advised 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 navy has partnered with and relied on to struggle ISIS in Northeast Syria.
The assault might put practically 1,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria in hurt’s manner.
In an unique interview with Fox Information, the highest Basic for the Kurdish-led Syrian Protection Forces, Basic Mazloum Abdi, stated his forces would now not have the ability to 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 objective,” Gen. Mazloum stated by means of an interpreter. “However as I say, we needed to cease this motion as we go as a result of we’re below great stress of a potential 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 navy base that the U.S. navy shares with these Kurdish fighters exterior Qamishli about 30 miles from Turkey’s border.
The US has relied on the SDF to do the bottom preventing 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.
“Speedy de-escalation is important so as to keep concentrate on 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 advised Fox Information in a press release.
“Latest air strikes in Syria straight threatened the security of U.S. personnel who’re working in Syria with native companions to defeat ISIS and keep custody of greater than ten thousand ISIS detainees.”
There are actually round 900 US troops on the bottom in Syria who would not 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 known as on the American individuals and the American authorities to face up for the Kurds.
“I need the American individuals to indicate the identical place they confirmed again in 2019 after we have been once more below stress from the Turks,” he stated. “We’re once more now below risk of being ethnically cleansed right here by the Turks. And I am asking the federal government and the USA individuals to face up for his or her Kurdish mates right here.”