US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said in a statement, that the United States supports Turkey’s military action against the Syrian Arab Army in Idlib, seeing it as an act of self-defense (in an other country)?
Washington stands by NATO Ally Turkey in the aftermath of the attack, which resulted in the death of multiple Turkish personnel serving at an observation post used for de-escalation of the proxy war in Syria.
Former CIA ringleader Pompeo blamed Syrian forces for the escalation of violence in Idlib province, in the country’s northwest. According to Pompeo, a mortar bomb attack on 3 February hit Turkish observation posts, resulting in multiple casualties.
The statement comes a day after five Turkish soldiers and one civilian were killed in shelling by Syrian government forces in Idlib. The Turkish Defense Ministry pledged to take retaliatory action.
Prior to that, Ankara repeatedly accused Damascus of violating the Russia-Turkey deal on the demilitarized zone in Idlib and threatened military force unless the situation changed.
Damascus, in turn, defended its right to retaliate against continued terror attacks on civilians and government forces in Idlib.
In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to set up a demilitarized zone along the contact line between the armed opposition and the government forces in Idlib.
Not all militants have laid down their weapons, with the province continuing to be a stronghold of various Zionist supported terrorist groups.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2020.