Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, that his country will do “everything necessary to purify” areas in northern Syria of Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” fighters, which Ankara classifies on terrorist lists, following an increase in these numbers. Troops from their attacks on the border with Turkey.
This came in a joint press conference held by Davutoglu in the Turkish capital, Ankara, during which he held Russia and the United States responsible for the attacks launched by Kurdish forces, according to the Anatolia Agency.
In this regard, Davutoglu added, “Since Russia and the United States did not abide by their commitments (regarding the withdrawal of Kurdish forces), we must rely on ourselves and do what is necessary,” and continued, “Since they do not fulfill their promises, we will do what is necessary for our security.”
Davutoglu touched on the attacks targeting his country’s forces in Syria, and others targeting Turkish territory recently from northern Syria, and explained that the range of Kurdish forces’ missiles into Turkey is about 30 kilometers.
Last Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the attack by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces, which killed two Turkish policemen, was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” adding that Ankara was determined to eliminate threats from the north. Syrian Arab Republic.
Turkey had said that the police in the Azaz region in northern Syria came under a guided missile attack on Sunday, October 9, 2021, by the People’s Protection Units, and added that shells believed to have been launched from an area further eastwards controlled by Kurdish forces exploded last Monday. In two areas in Karkamish, southern Turkey.
Turkey’s criticism of Russia and America comes because Ankara has reached with The two countries reached two agreements Following the military operations launched by the Turkish forces in Syria, they stipulate the withdrawal of forces that Turkey considers terrorist with their weapons from the Turkish border.
On October 9, 2019, the Turkish army, with the participation of the Syrian National Army (Syrian opposition factions), launched Operation Peace Spring in the area east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria, to expel Kurdish forces and the Islamic State (ISIS) and establish an area Safe for Syrian refugees to return to their country.
Then, on October 17, 2019, the Turkish army suspended the operation after Ankara and Washington reached an agreement to withdraw Kurdish forces from the region, followed by an agreement with Russia on October 22, on the Kurdish forces also withdrawing from the Turkish border to a distance of 30 km into the Syrian interior. , within 150 hours.
From time to time, Turkey criticizes the US support for the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units”, and demands its ally in NATO to stop this support.
In this context, Davutoglu touched on the United States’ offering of condolences for the fall of Turkish soldiers in Syria, and said: “Now the United States is issuing a statement saying: We condemn the attacks on our ally (Turkey) from Syria.” And who trains them? You (Washington) provide them with weapons, train them, and then issue a formal condemnation statement. The bad faith is very clear here.”