Offensive against Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’: Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Any unilateral military action in northern Syria would be unacceptable, the Pentagon warned Wednesday after Turkey said it would soon launch an operation against a USbacked Kurdish militia.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would begin the operation

within days to target the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which

Ankara considers a terrorist offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers'

Party (PKK),

Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party,

particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave

concern, Pentagon spokesman Commander Sean Robertson said in a statement.

We would find any such actions unacceptable.

American forces have worked closely with the YPG under the Kurdishled

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which has played a key role in the

war against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

American forces are with the SDF east of the Euphrates as well as in the

flashpoint city of Manbij, which is west of the river.

Coordination and consultation between the US and Turkey is the only

approach to address issues of security concern in this area, Robertson said.

We are committed to working closely and recently held a high level working

group on Syria with our Turkish partners precisely to enhance our

cooperation, coordination, and consultation.

The Pentagon has repeatedly warned that any fighting between the Turks and

the SDF would be a dangerous distraction from the core US mission in Syria of

fighting IS.

We should not and cannot allow (IS) to breathe at this critical point or

we will jeopardize the significant gains we have made alongside our coalition

partners and risk allowing (IS) to resurge, Robertson said.

The Pentagon on Tuesday said American observation posts in northern Syria,

meant to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and the YPG, have been

erected, despite Ankara's request to scrap the move.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)