Turkey planning to launch floor invasion of Syria, focusing on Kurds and placing US troops in danger

EXCLUSIVE – A Kurdish normal instructed Fox Information that NATO ally Turkey is planning to perform a large floor invasion into Syria, focusing on the exact same Kurdish teams the US navy has partnered with and relied on to combat ISIS in Northeast Syria.

The assault may put almost 1,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria in hurt’s means. 

FILE: Mazloum Abdi, commander-in-chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), meets with the Raqa civil council in Syria’s northeastern metropolis of Hasakeh on November 1, 2020. 
(DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP through Getty Photographs)

In an unique interview with Fox Information, the highest Common for the Kurdish-led Syrian Protection Forces, Common Mazloum Abdi, mentioned his forces would not be capable to assist the U.S. combat ISIS as a result of they’re dealing with Turkish assaults. 

“We didn’t freeze the joint actions towards ISIS alongside the worldwide coalition on objective,” Gen. Mazloum mentioned by means of an interpreter. “However as I say, we needed to cease this motion as we go as a result of we’re beneath super stress of a potential Turkish incursion into our areas.”

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Turkish mortars, airstrikes and drones started focusing on Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq within the wake of a November thirteenth terror bombing in Istanbul, which Turkey blamed on Kurdish teams. 

Gen. Mazloum mentioned the bomber was from ISIS and condemned the assault. He warned Turkey is utilizing it as a pretense to ethnically cleanse the Kurds. Turkish warplanes struck a navy base that the U.S. navy shares with these Kurdish fighters outdoors Qamishli about 30 miles from Turkey’s border.

The US has relied on the SDF to do the bottom combating towards ISIS and for intelligence to focus on ISIS leaders like Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.

A view shows the aftermath of airstrikes, which Turkey's defense ministry says it carried out, in Derik, Syria, November 20, 2022.

A view exhibits the aftermath of airstrikes, which Turkey’s protection ministry says it carried out, in Derik, Syria, November 20, 2022.

In a strongly worded assertion Wednesday the Pentagon mentioned it’s “deeply involved” by the escalation which threatens efforts to defeat ISIS and endangers the lives of U.S. personnel who’re working in Syria with native companions to defeat the terrorist group. 

“Fast de-escalation is important to be able to keep give attention to the defeat-ISIS mission and make sure the security and safety of personnel on the bottom dedicated to the defeat-ISIS mission,” Brigadier Gen. Patrick S. Ryder, Pentagon Press Secretary instructed Fox Information in an announcement. 

“Latest air strikes in Syria instantly threatened the security of U.S. personnel who’re working in Syria with native companions to defeat ISIS and keep custody of greater than ten thousand ISIS detainees.”

There at the moment are round 900 US troops on the bottom in Syria who wouldn’t have the Kurdish companions within the SDF to manage ISIS.

US forces had been 300 yards from the SDF base in Hasakah, Syria on the time of Turkish airstrike on Tuesday. 

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Gen. Mazloum known as on the American folks and the American authorities to face up for the Kurds. 

“I need the American folks to indicate the identical place they confirmed again in 2019 once we had been once more beneath stress from the Turks,” he mentioned. “We’re once more now beneath risk of being ethnically cleansed right here by the Turks. And I am asking the federal government and america folks to face up for his or her Kurdish buddies right here.”