US forces will not support the Turkish operation in Syria - White House

(Recasts with Erdogan's spokesman statement) By Steve Holland and Daren Butler WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL, Oct. 6 (Reuters) - Turkey will soon move forward with its long-planned military operation to create what it calls a safe zone in northern Syria and US forces will not support or be involved in it, the White House Press secretary said Sunday. The statement came after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed in a phone call Turkey's plans to establish a safe area east of the Euphrates River in Syria. Erdogan said on Saturday that a military incursion into northeastern Syria was imminent, after Ankara accused Washington of stalling efforts to establish a safe zone there together. Turkey has long promised to carry out an operation aimed at the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG, which it considers a terrorist organization linked to the Kurdish insurgents in Turkey. The United States helped the YPG defeat the militants of the Islamic State in Syria. Turkey will soon move forward with its planned operation in northern Syria, the White House press secretary said in a statement. The Armed Forces of the United States will not support or participate in the operation, and the forces of the United States, having defeated the ISIS territorial Caliphate, will no longer be in the immediate area, he added. In the first Turkish comment after the statement, Erdogan spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that Turkey's safe zone plan was within the framework of Syria's territorial integrity. The safe zone has two objectives: to secure our borders by clearing terrorist elements and securely returning refugees, Kalin wrote on Twitter. Turkey is powerful and determined, he added. Turkey says it wants to seat up to 2 million Syrian refugees in the area. It currently houses 3.6 million Syrians who take refuge from the conflict of more than eight years in their homeland. After the statements, the Turkish lira was trading weaker at 5.7150 against the US dollar, compared to a 5.70 close on Friday. TURKEY NOW RESPONSIBLE After the Erdogan-Trump phone call, the Turkish presidency said the two leaders had agreed to meet in Washington next month. He said that during the call, Erdogan had expressed frustration over the failure of the US military and security forces. UU. To implement the agreement between the two countries. The White House statement said that Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured in the last two years, since France, Germany and other European nations where they came from rejected US requests to recover them. NATO allies agreed in August to establish an area in northeastern Syria along the border with Turkey. Turkey says the United States, which supports the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a YPG-led force that defeated Islamic State fighters in Syria, has moved too slowly to establish the area. He has repeatedly warned of launching an offensive on his own in northeastern Syria, where US forces are stationed alongside the SDF. The two countries also disagree about how far the area should extend to Syria and who should control it. Turkey says it must be 30 km (19 miles) deep. The ties between the allies have also been pressured by the purchase of Russian S-400 defense missiles by Turkey and the trial of the employees of the local US consulate in Turkey. (Report by Can Sezer; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Writing by Alison Williams, Peter Cooney and Simon Cameron-Moore) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)