Trump says Turkey operation in Syria “bad idea”

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump reiterated Wednesday that the US “does not endorse” Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria, saying it has “made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.” In a statement, Trump affirmed “there are no American soldiers in the area,” reiterating that from the first day he entered “the political arena, I made it clear that I did not want to fight these endless, senseless war — especially those that don’t benefit the United States.” He added that Turkey “has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place,” stressing “we will hold them to this commitment.” “In addition, Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all (IS) fighters being held captive remain in prison and that (IS) does not reconstitute in any way, shape, or form,” he noted.

He stressed that “we expect Turkey to abide by all of its commitments, and we continue to monitor the situation closely.” This comes as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced today the start of Turkish military operations in the northern region of Syria against Kurdish-led forces and the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Trump’s had announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, after which the Pentagon said that it has moved US forces in northern Syria “out of the path of potential Turkish incursion to ensure their safety.” Meanwhile, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is considered one of Trump’s allies, criticized Trump’s decision, tweeting that Turkey’s operation is “a disaster is in the making,” urging “President Trump to change course while there is still time by going back to the safe zone concept that was working.” He also said during an interview on Fox network that “if he (Trump) follows through with this, it’d be the biggest mistake of his presidency.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency