Turkey Again Complains About Syria Safe Zone, Threatens to Act Unilaterally

Turkish DM threatens to end the program

As they have been pretty much since the program was announced, top Turkish officials on Thursday slammed the ongoing joint Syria safe zone with the US, accusing the US of not delivering on its promises.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that if Turkey doesn’t get results soon, they will take matters into their own hands. He indicated that would include moves against the US-backed Kurdish YPG forces.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was more frank, saying he had a phone call with the US and told them that if the US further stalls on the issue, Turkey is prepared to sever all its joint work with them on the matter.

The joint patrols in the safe zone are meant to give Turkey de facto control over a zone in northern Syria, without an immediate military confrontation at the Kurds. The US has been very concerned about keeping the Kurds from facing a fight with Turkey, but Turkish officials say that all the US promises made just go undelivered, and they are losing patience.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.