US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejects reports of the US giving a green signal to Turkey for the Syrian attack. According to the British Broadcasting Agency, Mike Pompeo said that the United States did not give Turkey any green signal for an attack in Syria.
He also defended US President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria, which is being criticized worldwide. The US Secretary of State said that Turkey had a terrorist threat from its south and appropriate security concerns. The news of US permission for Turkey to invade Syria was wrong; the US did not give Turkey any such green signal.
Back on Wednesday, Turkey attacked the Kurdish-controlled area of Syria. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his goal was to stop the terrorist crossing at the border. Turkey says that we want to create a secure region in the south Syrian Border. Turkish President tweeted:
Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri'miz Suriye Milli Ordusu'yla birlikte Suriye'nin kuzeyinde PKK/YPG ve Deaş terör örgütlerine karşı #BarışPınarıHarekatı'nı başlatmıştır.
Amacımız güney sınırımızda oluşturulmaya çalışılan terör koridorunu yok etmek ve bölgeye barış ve huzuru getirmektir.
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) October 9, 2019
According to media reports, Turkey’s operation is being criticized and it is said that the operation may come as genocide of the local Kurdish population in northern Syria. While Kurdish rebels have declared strong resistance against the attack, there has been a clash between Kurdish rebels and Turkish forces. Kurdish Militias has confirmed the attacks of the Turkish Army.
Heavy clashes on all Northern Syria border-line, as the Turkish military is launching large scale attack amid SDF defensive positions from Derik, Qamishli, Derbasiya, Ras al-Ain, Tal-Abyad to Jarablus.
The attacks also target the civilians to enforce them to leave their homes
— Coordination & Military Ops Center – SDF (@cmoc_sdf) October 9, 2019
Considering that Kurdish militias are active in establishing an independent country, Iraqi Kurds have been given an autonomous region known as Kurdistan, but they also want to make Syria and Turkey some parts of Kurdistan, while Turkey declared Kurdish militias to be terrorists.