The haunted Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country’s forces are on standby to move further east of Euphrates River in northern Syria, calling prospects of establishing a joint US-Turkey safe zone “a fairytale.”
Turkey has been waging a low-intensity campaign against Kurdish insurgency on its own soil for four decades.
Back in 2016, Turkish forces intervened into Syrian civil war, targeting the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern part of the country.
They had made steadfast advances but stopped short of crossing Euphrates River, where the US military has its own bases in hostile occupied oil-rich territory.
However, Reuters reported that the US-backed Kurdish militias threatened “to turn any unprovoked [Turkish] attack into an all-out war.”
Ankara and Washington agreed earlier in August to create a safe area in northern Syria and establish a ‘peace corridor’ to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians.
But actual progress has been slow on the ground as the US regime insisted on protecting and supporting its terrorist Kurdish allies in the zone.
This way, joint US/Turkish patrols in northern Syria got off to a rocky start, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing his American allies of siding with “terrorists,” and threatening to start his own ‘safe zone’ if US talks stall.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2019.