Istanbul: Turkey, infuriated with the attacks on its soldiers by the Syrian military has threatened Syria. Turkey issued a stern warning that if Syria does not establish a Safe Zone in the northern part of Syria and stop the attacks on the Turkish soldiers, Turkey will invade Syria and carry out attacks. Meanwhile, the officials from Turkey and the United States will be meeting on Monday to discuss the issue of the Safe Zone.
Since the last few days, the Syrian military has undertaken a significant campaign in the northern and north-eastern regions. The Syrian military has claimed that this is a campaign against the terrorist groups, operational in Syria. However, Turkey has alleged that its soldier posts and interests are being attacked during the action. The attacks have not stopped despite repeated appeals from Turkey. The attacks are continuing, even after Turkey lodging a complaint with Russia, regarding the attacks.
Against this background, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, while talking to a local news channel, warned Syria. Cavusoglu threatened that Syria must establish a Safe Zone in the northern part of Syria and stop the attacks on the Turkish soldiers, or else Turkey will invade Syria and carry out attacks. Cavusoglu said that this action would be taken in the region, to the east of the historic Euphrates river in Syria. But the Turkish Foreign Minister is claimed to have threatened the United States along with Syria.
The US supported Kurdish rebel group, YPG, dominates this region, to the east of Euphrates river. The relations between the United States and Turkey have already been strained because of the support given by the United States to the Kurdish rebels, in the Syrian conflict. Turkey has declared these Kurdish rebels, demanding a separate Kurdistan, as terrorist organisations. Turkey has retorted in the past that the United States has taken assistance from the terrorists, in its Syrian campaign, against terrorism. But the United States has continued to support the Kurds.
James Jeffrey, the special representative of the United States, will be discussing the issue of the Safe Zone with the Turkish leaders, on Monday. The issue of the Kurds can once again come on the anvil in this meeting.