BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 P.M.) – U.S. Senator (Rep.) Lindsey Graham issued a warning to Turkey on Tuesday about making anymore incursions in Syria.
Speaking to Reuters News Agency in Baghdad, Graham stated that Turkey should halt their military incursions and begin supporting the U.S.’ presence inside Syria.
“I tried to make the case that you want America in Syria because the outcomes of us leaving are not good,” Graham said after meeting Erdogan in Turkey on a regional tour that also included northern Syria and Iraq.
“You don’t want any further incursions in Syria by the Turkish military, you’ll get yourself in a quagmire,” he added.
Graham’s meeting with Erdogan came shortly after he made a trip to Syria in order to visit the U.S. forces and their allies on the ground.
Keeping YPG fighters east of the Euphrates river, about 20 km (12 miles) from Manbij, “should be sufficient”, Graham said.
Turkey is opposed to the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) controlling any parts of Syria because the Erdogan regime believes they are a terrorist group.
Ankara has often labeled the YPG as an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who was once involved in a long war with Turkey.
The Turkish military has already launched two incursions in Syria this year, with the first being their battle in Afrin and the second in Manbij.