TURKEY will launch a new military operation in Syria against the US-backed Kurdish militia, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sparking fresh fears of World War 3.
“Our partners in the US led coalition are well aware of these Turkish moves because a Turkish attack against us can also impact the US efforts to defeat terrorists.”
Turkey and the United States agreed on a roadmap for Manbij in June, which would mean the withdrawal of the YPG forces.
The US Special Representative for Syria Engagement visited Turkey last week and Erdogan urged him to remove observation outposts built on the Syrian border to prevent clashes between Turkey and Kurdish forces.
U.S. Pentagon spokesman Commander Sean Robertson said: ”Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as U.S. personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern. We would find any such actions unacceptable."
Experts have claimed the flat topography of Turkey could give the country’s military the advantage against the lightly armed YPG forces.