11/11/2021

Pentagon rejects Turkish threats against North and East Syria, reaffirms its commitment to Syrian Democratic Forces

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — As Turkish threats of invading North and East Syria continue to escalate, the U.S. Department of Defense has reaffirmed its commitment to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby renewed the U.S.’s commitment to partnership and cooperation with the SDF on Wednesday. On 4 November, Kirby statedconfirmed that the U.S. does not want any action by any party that would divert the capabilities of the U.S.-led International Coalition against terrorism.

Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Ned Price stressed that the escalation is not in anyone’s interest and called on all parties to maintain and respect the ceasefire agreement reached to end the October 2019 Turkish invasion of  North and East Syria. Turkey has repeatedly violated the ceasefire, shelling civilian areas along the line of contact and undertaking a drone strike campaign. The most recent victims of Turkish drone attacks were three civilians from the same family, one of them 70 years old, whose car was targeted in the city of Zalin (Qamishli) on Tuesday.