The “SDF” forces want a “stronger” American warning to Ankara

Turkish Presidency: The military operation in Syria may start at any time

Syrian fighters loyal to Turkey on the front lines.

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Yesterday, the Turkish presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, confirmed that the military operation in northern Syria against "terrorist organizations" could be launched at any time, while the commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazloum Abdi, called on Washington to warn "stronger". to Turkey.

Kalin added, "The military operation can be carried out in several ways, and Ankara is the one who will determine its date and method of implementation."

He continued, "Military operations in northern Syria will preserve the territorial integrity of Syria."

He stressed that Turkey "does not take permission from any party to address its security concerns, and is not held accountable by anyone."

On the other hand, the leader of the “SDF”, Mazloum Abdi, said yesterday that he still fears a Turkish ground invasion, despite the American assurances, and demanded a “stronger” message from Washington after seeing unprecedented Turkish reinforcements on the borders.

He told Reuters by phone from Syria that there are reinforcements on the border and inside Syria in areas controlled by the Turkish-allied factions.

Turkish officials said that the army needs only a few days to be ready for a ground incursion into northern Syria, which the Turks have been targeting for days with long-range howitzer weapons and warplanes.

The bombings come months after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch a new ground invasion against Kurdish forces, which he considers terrorist.

The Syrian Kurdish forces have received support from Washington for years, but they have also coordinated their efforts with the Syrian government and its ally Russia, which the United States views as adversaries.

Abdi said he had received "clear" assurances from both Washington and Moscow that they opposed a Turkish ground invasion, but made clear he wanted something more concrete to rein in Ankara.

"We are still worried," he added.

We need stronger and more solid statements to stop Turkey.

Turkey has announced its intention and is now exploring.

The onset of an invasion depends on how it analyzes the positions of other countries.

Abdi said he would not rely on Syrian air defenses, having previously told Reuters he hoped they would help defend his forces from Ankara's air strikes.

He added that the Syrian air defenses are relatively "weak" compared to the Turkish army.

The spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, Aram Hanna, said that "SDF" is holding meetings with the Russian side, as part of what he described as efforts to reduce escalation, within the framework of maintaining stability and preventing any Turkish military intervention in northern Syria.

Hanna denied that the Syrian Democratic Forces, which consist mostly of Syrian Kurdish elements, had accepted conditions set by Ankara.

According to Hanna, the Turkish conditions include the withdrawal of the SDF to a distance of 30 kilometers away from the border with Turkey, the handing over of leaders of the PKK in Syria, the deployment of Turkish army points and surveillance cameras along the Syrian-Turkish border, or the handing over of the entire area to the Syrian army.

Turkish officials said, on Monday, that the army needs only a few days to be ready for a ground incursion into northern Syria.

The Turkish announcement comes at a time when Turkish forces are bombing Kurdish armed factions across the border.

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