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US News U.S. says it will stand aside as Turkey moves into Syria

08:45  07 october  2019
08:45  07 october  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The United States said it wouldn't stand in the way of Turkey ' s plans to take over part northeastern Syria where it wants to settle thousands of refugees. On Saturday, Turkey signaled its intention to begin operations, saying an incursion was "imminent" in the region, where U . S . troops have been

“ Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria ,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in the statement. Erdogan has vowed to create a buffer zone inside Syria by pushing back Kurdish militants and settling Syrian refugees in the country’ s north.

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The White House said Sunday night that Turkey would soon begin an assault on a part of northeastern Syria where it wants to resettle Syrian refugees — and that U.S. forces wouldn't be there to help or stop them.

In a statement issued late Sunday, the White House said Turkey would "soon be moving forward" with its military operation in northern Syria and that the United States wouldn't be involved.

The statement was issued after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with President Donald Trump earlier on Sunday.

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Syria and Turkey , questioned whether these assurances would be enough to ease the concerns of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey . His role is critical because he has allowed American warplanes to operate from the Turkish airfield at Incirlik and has sent Turkish troops into Syria .

As Turkish troops advanced Monday on the Kurdish town of Afrin, in northwest Syria , the White House warned Analysts say Russia has good reasons to bless the Turkish attack. It stands to gain by sowing That could bring Turkey into conflict with the main force of Kurds, and even potentially, with

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During the phone call, Erdogan expressed frustration with what Turkey sees as the failure of the United States to implement an agreement to establish a so-called safe zone east of the Euphrates River, Reuters reported.

On Saturday, Turkey signaled its intention to begin operations, saying an incursion was "imminent" in the region, where U.S. troops have been seeking to broker an agreement between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds.

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" Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria ," said a statement from U . S . press secretary Stephanie Grisham late Sunday night. Earlier this year, Turkey said it will go ahead with its military offensive against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria

“ Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria ,” the White House said in a statement released just before 11 p.m. in Officials described a military and political tension as the American military is pulled between two important allies in the civil war in Syria .

The U.S. statement made it clear that the United States wouldn't interfere, saying U.S. forces "will no longer be in the immediate area."

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The White House said it was now up to Turkey to figure out what to do with ISIS fighters who have been captured in the area. Many of those fighters had been held by Kurdish-led forces, but Turkey considers the Kurds an enemy. The White House said Washington had urged the captured fighters' native countries — specifically citing France, Germany and other European nations — "to take them back, but they did not want them and refused."

"The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer," it said.

"Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial 'Caliphate' by the United States," the White House said.

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To mollify Turkey , the White House said it was easing off its support for the Syrian Kurds, while the Pentagon said they were a That message was quickly contradicted by the Pentagon, which said it would continue to stand by the Kurds, even as Turkey invaded their stronghold in northwestern Syria .

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Erdogan has previously criticized U.S. support for Kurdish groups in Syria, which Turkey considers to be enemies.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, said Sunday night that they were committed to preserving the safe zone plan and that Erdogan's threats "are aimed to change the security mechanism into a mechanism of death."

The SDF said any Turkish attack would lead to a long war and the return of ISIS leaders from their hiding places, echoing a warning issued last month in a bipartisan congressional report that urged the White House not to draw down troops in Syria.

The report by the 12-member Syria Study Group warned that the war in Syria is far from over and that ISIS is still a threat, contradicting the White House's claim on Sunday night that ISIS had been defeated.

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