Ankara is prepared to act alone on its southern border with Syria if the United States does not establish a “safe zone” in northeast Syria this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured) said, reiterating his earlier statements.
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“Our preparations along our borders are complete,” Erdogan stated after warning Washington was too slow in setting up a sufficiently large safe zone to push Syrian Kurdish YPG forces, which the Turkish government considers terrorists, away from the border.
The two countries agreed in August to form a safe zone on the Turkey-Syria border, recently forming a joint operations center and starting combined patrols.