A senior adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan informed Fox News on Saturday that Turkey did not fire on American troopers in northern Syria days after launching an offensive, opposite to what the Pentagon said Friday.
“That’s one more lie,” Gulnur Aybet informed Fox News’ Leland Vittert.
“We did no longer fire on American troopers. […] That used to be a lie that used to be spun by the YPG,” she said, regarding the largely Kurdish militia that forms the bulk of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic forces.
The Pentagon said Friday that U.S. troops shut to the border city of Kobane in northern Syria came below artillery fire from Turkish positions. The put the put the explosion took place is an put identified by the Turks to possess U.S. forces modern there, based on the Pentagon. No American troops had been injured.
Aybet firmly denied that Turkey fired on U.S. troops. She claimed Turkey used to be “returning fire that used to be fired at our territory by the terrorists of that space. We had been very cautious no longer to fire on the American statement post there.”
President Trump launched Sunday that the U.S. would pull all troops from northeast Syria, clearing the technique for a Turkish air and ground offensive. Erdogan’s troops launched an assault on Wednesday and ground forces invaded later that day.
Erodgan’s adviser informed Vittert that Turkey is “very dissatisfied [the U.S. is] peaceable working with the YPG.”
Turkey views the US’ increase of the Kurds and YPG as “an ill-conceived coverage to arm one terrorist neighborhood to fight one more,” Aybet said. Turkey considers the YPG a lot like the PKK, or Kurdistan Employees’ Gain collectively — a Kurdish a ways-left political neighborhood that is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S.
“I have confidence President Trump is basically simply in attempting to bring residence U.S. troops,” Aybet informed Vittert. “I have confidence it be very unfair they’re hostage to this ill-begotten coverage [of] arming one terrorist neighborhood to fighter one more,” regarding the Islamic Convey (ISIS) within the distance. The Kurds possess detained thousands of ISIS prisoners within the put. After Turkey launched its protection power operation, many analysts puzzled what would occur to the terrorist fighters, and whether the Kurds would be in a put to care for them emprisoned or they’d be launched.
In accordance to Aybet, Turkey has two targets in northeast Syria: clear the YPG from the border space and guaranteeing the return of between one and two million Syrian refugees.
In accordance to the warfare-monitoring neighborhood the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, seventy four Kurdish fighters possess been killed since Wednesday, as well to 21 civilians and 49 Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Robert Gearty contributed to this represent.