The threat that Turkey will soon invade northeastern Syria is increasing. "All preparations for a military operation have been completed," the Turkish defense minister said on Twitter on Tuesday.
Turkey has carried out bombing on the night of Monday to Tuesday to prevent Kurds in north-east Syria from reinforcing and supplying through that route, the Turkish authorities said. It is still unclear whether victims were killed during the bombing.
Since the United States called on Monday to withdraw from northeastern Syria, Turkey is preparing to invade the country. Turkey considers the Syrian-Kurdish fighters in the area primarily as terrorists and therefore wants to expel the groups.
At the same time, the Turks want to resettle two million Syrian refugees in the area. Ankara wants to establish a 'safe zone' as a buffer in Northern Syria.
Trump: I will not abandon Kurds
Trump denied having abandoned the Kurdish forces on Tuesday. The Kurds, who are largely responsible for defeating the Islamic State in the area, would receive enough money and materials from the US in recent years.
Trump also praised Turkey on Tuesday as a trading partner, while on Monday he threatened to destroy the Turkish economy if they were to leave their book during the military operation.
Turkish President Erdogan will make a state visit to the American capital Washington on November 3.
Russia not informed about withdrawing troops
The Kurdish authorities announced on Tuesday that they had contacted the Russians and the Syrian government of Assad because of the Turkish threat. "When America leaves the area, we are forced to seize all available options," said Badran Jia Kurd of the Syrian-Kurdish forces.
Russia said on Tuesday that it had not been informed by the US or Turkey about the withdrawal of US troops. Russia is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has previously threatened that the borders of Syria must be respected by all foreign powers.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he has talked to Turkey about a possible raid. Details about the outcome of that conversation were not disclosed.
See also: Five questions about the "American betrayal" of the Kurds in northern Syria