Tuesday, February 16, 2016
'Sometimes NATO Ally' Turkey to hold back on Syria ground offensive.
'Sometimes NATO Ally' Turkey to hold back on Syria ground offensive. (AlAraby)
Turkey has said it will only commit forces to a ground operations in Syria if its allies - including the US - back the offensive with troops.
A senior Turkish official told reporters that Ankara has asked its partners to intervene in Syria's war, but his country will not take any action alone.
"We want a ground operation with our international allies," the official told reporters in Istanbul on Tuesday.
"There is not going to be a unilateral military operation from Turkey to Syria... [but] without a ground operation it is impossible to stop the fighting in Syria. We are asking the coalition partners that there should be a ground operation."
It comes as speculation mounts about possible Turkish intervention in Syria's war to prevent Kurdish forces estabishing a mini-state on its borders and protect Syrian rebel forces from losing further ground.
Turkish artillery and Kurdish fighters have exchanged fire over the border.
However, Turkey's ally, the US, has backed the Syrian-Kurdish force due to its role in fighting the Islamic State group, which has complicated the situation for Ankara.
Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz said that his forces would not intervene in Syria's war on Sunday.
However, there is a anger about Kurdish "betrayal" of Syrian rebels, after they captured opposition territory during a recent Syrian regime offensive in Aleppo province. Hmmm.....Bullies are only strong in a group alone they're mere cowards.