UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Donald Trump is ready for military action against Turkey, but Washington prefers “peace to war.”
“But if … military action is needed, then you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to take such action,” he said in an interview with CNBC.
Since October 9, Turkey has been carrying out Operation Source of Peace in northeast Syria against Kurdish units.
Washington and Ankara on October 17 agreed to suspend this operation for 120 hours and withdraw Kurdish forces from the 30-kilometer buffer zone on the Turkish-Syrian border, which Ankara intends to control independently.
Syrian authorities have repeatedly condemned the occupation policy of Turkey in northern Syria.
Russia stated that Turkey needs to avoid actions that could stand in the way of resolving the Syrian conflict, which has been ongoing since 2011.
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