Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu proposed on Sunday that the US should send its own Special Forces to Northern Syria to support the moderate opposition forces fighting against the so-called Islamic State (IS).
Cavusoglu called on the US administration to send its own military Special Forces to the Northern Syria in order to fight the IS extremists, and stop their support to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), during the Munich Security Conference.
“Two days ago [US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Gen. [Joseph] Dunford was in Ankara to discuss all these technical issues. Yes, we proposed to the US to put their Special Forces on the ground to support the local moderate forces,” Cavusoglu said, according to Middle East Monitor.
He pointed out that the US-led coalition should focus on supporting the moderate Syrian opposition forces instead of the Kurdish forces in northern Syria, which are affiliated with the PKK, considered an outlawed terrorist group by the Turkish state. He highlighted the recent successes of the Syrian moderates, liberating a large territory along the border with Turkey, within the Turkish-led operation known as “Euphrates Shield.”
“We are about to take back Al-Bab. After Al-Bab, we can take back Raqqah together,” Cavusoglu said during the conference in Munich, Middle East Monitor reported.
Turkey launched the operation “Euphrates Shield” in Syria in August 2016 aiming to improve the border security and support the Syrian moderates in the fight against the IS organization, as well as preventing the creation of a Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria.