Turkey warns of another military operation if Syrian Kurds don't leave border region

Turkey warns of another military operation if Syrian Kurds don't leave border region
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Monday that Ankara will resume its military operations in northern Syria if the Kurdish leftist YPG militia does not vacate the region, according to Reuters.

Çavuşoğlu was quoted by the state-owned Anadolu agency as saying Russia and the U.S. have not abided by a cease-fire agreement brokered by Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoEstablishment-backed Marshall defeats Kobach in Kansas GOP Senate primary Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion Overnight Defense: Marines find human remains after training accident | Fourth service member killed by COVID-19 | Pompeo huddles with Taliban negotiator MORE last month.


The agreement called for the removal of YPG from a territory bordering Turkey in northeastern Syria in exchange for Turkey halting its offensive.

“If we do not obtain a result, we will do what is necessary, just as we launched the operation after trying with the U.S.,”Çavuşoğlu said.

Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization. The U.S. relied heavily on the militia in operations against ISIS in the region.

Ahead of a meeting last week with President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to bring up the continued presence of the YPG with him.

Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria ahead of a Turkish military incursion was broadly condemned by figures on both the right and the left, who viewed it as a betrayal of a U.S. ally.