In a response to the recent threats by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a spokesman for the Pentagon said on October 5 that any uncoordinated Turkish operation in northeast Syria would cause “grave concern” to Washington.
“Any uncoordinated military operation by Turkey would be of grave concern as it would undermine our shared interest of a secure northeast Syria and the enduring defeat of ISIS,” Commander Sean Robertson told the Alhurra TV.
Robertson added that the U.S. is working with Turkey to speed up the implementation of the “security mechanism” in northeastern Syrian .
“We will continue to implement the plan in specific stages in a coordinated and cooperative manner,” the spokesman said.
The U.S. and Turkey agreed on the so-called “security mechanism,” last August. The agreement is supposed to address Ankara’s security concerns in northeastern Syria, which is controlled by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Erdogan expressed his dissatisfaction with the agreement and threatened to launch a military operation in the region at any day.
The U.S. objection of any military operation in northeastern Syria will for sure hinder Turkey’s plans. Washington has hundreds of service members in the region. Some of them are even deployed along the border with Turkey.