Erdogan: YPG militiamen have not left Syria’s 'safe zone'
Date: 2019-11-05 13:26
There are still terrorists inside the borders of the safe zone in northern Syria specified in the agreements with Russia and the US, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday (November 5), as he slammed Western powers for failing to support Turkey's anti-terror fight.
"Just this morning we lost a soldier trying to clear improvised explosive devices in Ras al-Ayn," Erdogan told a parliamentary group meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). He continued by saying that the West never opposed terrorist attacks targeting Turkey, including those committed by the Armenian terrorist organization ASALA in Turkey's missions abroad, resulting in the deaths of tens of Turkish diplomats.
He noted that US forces in the region are still conducting joint patrols with the YPG terrorists in the area that Ankara and Washington had agreed to clear of the terrorist group.
Meanwhile, Turkish and Russian militaries on Tuesday began the second round of joint patrols in northern Syria.
The patrols will take place in the area near the town of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) and are expected to last three to four hours.
According to Turkey's National Defense Ministry, Turkish and Russian military elements and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) participated in the patrol.
Erdogan also criticized the US for being insincere regarding anti-terror efforts.
"We have been subjected to a hidden embargo for fighting against terrorists," Erdogan said, referring to some western countries' refusal to sell weapons and other devices.
Meanwhile, the president said that he will announce his decision on his Nov. 13 official visit to Washington after a phone call with US President Donald Trump.
Erdogan was scheduled to visit the US on Nov. 13 but the recent resolution passed by the House of Representatives recognizing 1915 events as "genocide" made him reconsider his plans.
Based on DS