Turkey will delay its miltiary operation in the area east of the Euphrates River in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on December 21.
“The phone call we made with [US President] Trump, as well as the contacts of our diplomatic and security units, and the statements made by the American side led us to wait for a while [for an operation],” Erdogan stated, according to the state-run media. “Of course this is not an open ended waiting process.”
Erdogan added that Ankara does have “no eyes” on Syria’s territory, but noted that Turkey’s “position against terrorist attacks targeting us from Syria is clear.”
On December 19, US President Donald Trump announced that the US is withdrawing its troops from Syria. Some sources speculate that the US decision to withdraw forces is a part of some kind of behind the scenes deal between the sides involved in the conflict.