The CIA has entered the front line regarding the upcoming Turkish military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria.
The director, William Burns, warned his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, yesterday, Wednesday, of the danger posed by the airstrikes carried out by Ankara in northern Syria on American forces.
According to sources, Burns, in a telephone conversation with the head of Turkey’s national intelligence service, urged Ankara to refrain from launching a ground operation in the region.
For his part, John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House, underlined his country’s opposition to the next Turkish military operation in northern Syria.
He stressed that his country was clear with Turkey about the dangers of its military operations in northeastern Syria, even at a time when Washington supports Ankara’s right to defend itself.
And he added: “We do not want to see military operations taking place in northwestern Syria, which would put civilians in greater danger than they already are and threaten our soldiers and personnel in Syria as well that our mission to fight against ISIS”