USA on Tuesday urged all the parties involved to reduce the tension in the north of Syria and in Iraq whye “puts at risk” the “lasting” defeat of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
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“We have encouraged a de-escalation, we will continue to monitor what is happening on the ground”said Pentagon deputy spokeswoman Sabrina Singh at a news conference.
Singh remarked that the US has urged a de-escalation not only to Turkey, but also “to all parties involved”.
The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, assured this Tuesday that his country will launch “as soon as possible” a ground operation, “with tanks and soldiers”against the Kurdish militias, which would intensify the air and artillery operation deployed over the weekend in northern Syria and Iraq.
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Singh indicated that his country will be aware that its troops deployed in the region are safe and stressed that for the moment the US. “His posture of strength has not changed” in the region.
Ankara blames the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Kurdish guerrillas in Turkey, for the November bomb attack in central Istanbul that killed 6 and injured 81 , although both groups have denied any involvement.
In retaliation, Turkey launched on the 19th a bombing operation in the border territories of Syria and Iraq against the Kurdish militants who, according to what the Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, said today, is still continuing and threatens an escalation of violence in the borders with the two Arab countries.
The day before, a missile attack fired from Syria caused two deaths and six wounded in southern Turkey.
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