US gives green light to Turkey to launch military operation in north Syria
Tehran (KNA) - The United States has given the green light to Turkey to launch a military operation against Washington's long-time Kurdish allies in northern Syria.
The decision came after a phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday.
“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into northern Syria,” the White House said in a statement.
On Monday, Erdogan spoke of imminent army perations against Kurdish militants in Syria.
"There is a phrase that we always say: we can come any night without warning. It is absolutely out of the question for us to further tolerate the threats from these terrorist groups," Erdogan told reporters.
Ankara views US-backed YPG militants as terrorists affiliated with the homegrown Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group.
Turkey said it was ready to carry out an air and ground operation to push back YPG militants from border areas after a deadline to jointly establish a so-called safe zone with the US passed.
On the issue of Daesh prisoners in the region, Erdogan said he would work with European states to resolve the issue.