New York Times:”Turkey Threatens Incursion Into Syria, Raising U.S. Concerns”
The Turkish president is threatening to mount a new incursion into northern Syria, accusing the United States of failing to tackle the security threats Turkey faces in the region.
Turkish commando units were deploying Friday to the border with northeastern Syria, the Turkish news media reported, raising the possibility of an inadvertent confrontation with American troops operating in the same area.
Turkey and the United States, NATO allies, both oppose the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. But they back rival local forces in Syria: Turkey supports the Free Syrian Army, a mainly Arab rebel force, while the United States is allied with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
In a phone call with President Trump, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey expressed concerns on Friday over the actions and presence of the Kurdish militia in northeastern Syria, the Turkish presidency said. Mr. Erdogan has repeatedly demanded that American forces stop supporting the Syrian Kurdish fighters.