The US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austincommunicated this Wednesday to his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akarhis “strong opposition” to a Turkish operation in Syria, during a telephone conversation.
Austin expressed his “concern” about the tension escalation in northern Syria and Turkey, including recent airstrikes, “some of which have directly threatened US personnel working with local partners in Syria to defeat Islamic State,” according to a report. Pentagon statement.
The head of US Defense urged a de-escalation and offered his condolences for those who died on November 13 in an attack in Istanbul and in other attacks in southern Turkey.
Ankara blamed for the attack on istanbulwhich caused six deaths, to the Kurdish-Syrian militia People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Kurdish-Turkish guerrillas, considered terrorists by Turkey and who have denied any involvement in the attack.
The Turkish government responded to the attack with bombing attacks on Kurdish positions in Iraq and Syria, and renewed the warning it has been making for months to launch a new land military operation on Syrian territory.
This Wednesday, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, insisted that the United States must end its support for the YPGally of Washington in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
Turkey has spent years accusing the US of giving assistance to that group, which it considers to be the Syrian branch of the PKK, the latter organization considered terrorist by Washington and the European Union.
Last Friday, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed that a american base in the Syrian town of Al Shadadi of green village It was the target of three failed missiles that fell in the vicinity of the military installation.
CENTCOM detailed that the explosions in the vicinity of the US base did not cause material damage or deaths.
The international coalition The US-led organization noted that two of the projectiles were headed for the base and that a third was later found in a damage monitoring.
“Attacks of this type endanger coalition forces and the civilian population and undermine the stability and security of Syria and the region that has cost so much to achieve”, affirmed the CENTCOM spokesperson, Joe Whelk, according to a letter from the US central command.
A few days ago, the forces of the international coalition They claimed that there had been a missile attack that also targeted the base Green Village, located in the northeast of Syria, although without claiming fatalities or causing material damage.
Also, on September 19, another failed attack against a US military base, which similarly missed US or coalition forces or forces or equipment.
The attacked base is Green Village, located in areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forcess (FDS) –whose main component is the Kurdish militia People’s Protection Units (YPG)– on the north bank of the Euphrates river. The site has been the target of other attacks in recent months by pro-Iranian militias.
(With information from EFE)
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