BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – During a press conference at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip stated that his armed forces will retaliate if the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues its attacks on the Turkish observation posts in Idlib.
“Turkey will not remain silent if the Syrian regime continues to attack observation points in Idlib,” Erdogan said.
The Turkish military currently has 12 observation points in northwestern Syria. The Syrian Arab Army has accused the Turkish military of using these observation posts to block their advance in northwestern Syria.
In regards to the situation in Manbij, Erdogan claimed the U.S. did not fulfill its promises to expel the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the town; however, he said they will continue with his nation’s plans there.
“Our partner, the U.S., did not keep its promise on Manbij […] However, it doesn’t mean that we give up on the Manbij issue, we keep all our plans and we will continue to do.”
Erdogan is scheduled to meet with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Japan later this month; they will likely discuss the ongoing situation in northwestern Syria.