A senior advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Fox News on Saturday that days after launching an offensive, Turkey has not fired on American soldiers in northern Syria, contrary to Friday's Pentagon statement.
"That's another lie" Gulnur Aybet told Fox News & # 39; Leland Vittert.
"We did not fire on American soldiers. […] That was a lie that was uttered by the YPG," she said, referring to the largely Kurdish militia that formed the bulk of the US-backed Syrian Democratic forces.
TRUMP TAKES DROPS FROM NORTH YYRIA BEFORE THE ATTACK OF THE TURKISH ATTACKS BACK from Kobane in northern Syria came from Turkish positions under artillery fire. The area where the explosion took place is, according to the Pentagon, an area where the Turks have stationed US forces. No American troops were injured.
Aybet firmly denied that Turkey fired on US troops. She claimed that Turkey was responding to "fires fired on our territory by the terrorists of this region, and we have been very careful not to fire on the American observation post there."
President Trump announced on Sunday that the US would withdraw all troops Northeast Syria paves the way for a Turkish air and ground offensive. Erdogan's troops launched an attack Wednesday and ground forces invaded later that day.
Erodgan's advisor told Vittert that Turkey was "very disappointed [the U.S. is] still working with the YPG" US SPECIALISTS SAY: "I'm ashamed for the first time in my career."
Turkey considers the support of the Kurds and the YPG by the United States as "a poorly designed policy to arm one terrorist group to fight another," Aybet said. Turkey regards the YPG as equivalent to the PKK or the Kurdish Workers' Party ̵
classified by the US as a terrorist organization, "Aybet told Vittert." I find it very unfair that she is hostage to this evil Politics [of] equipping one group of terrorists to fight another, "says the Islamic State (ISIS) in the area, saying that the Kurds have arrested thousands of ISIS prisoners in the region after Turkey launched its military operation many analysts what would happen to the terrorists and whether the Kurds could detain them or release them.
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According to Aybet, Turkey is pursuing two objectives in northeastern Syria: the deportation of the YPG from the border region and the most secure return of between one and two million Syrian refugees.
The war-monitoring group of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has lost 74 Kurdish fighters and 21 civilians and 49 Syrian opposition fighters supported by Turkey since Wednesday.
Fox News & # 39; Lucas Tomlinson and Robert Gearty contributed to this report.
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