NORTH AND EAST SYRIA, Syria — An informed source from the U.S. told North Press Agency that the Biden Administration has made diplomatic moves to pressure Turkey to ensure that areas where U.S. forces operate are not the target of any potential Turkish military operation.
Turkey has repeatedly threatened to launch a military operation against North and East Syria. The Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria has declared a state of emergency because of the Turkish military build-up and the Council of Christian Churches in Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates released a statement condemning Turkey’s aggressive policies.
The source also stated that Russia is pushing Turkey to take control of Syrian areas currently under U.S. control and avoid areas where Russian forces are present, namely Mabbug (Manbij) and Tel Rifaat.
The source stated that several high-level diplomatic meetings brought together the U.S. and Turkish sides, during which the U.S. expressed its intention to apply economic and diplomatic pressures on Turkey if it targeted areas under the U.S. control.
When asked about the situation by North Press, former U.S. Department of Defense official Michael Rubin stated that President Biden’s promise to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to give Turkey a deal of modernized F-16 aircraft does not mean much, even with Lindsey Graham agreeing to this proposal, amid large opposition to this deal in the U.S. Congress.