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January 10, 2019 10:32 am

Turkey Says Military Operation in Syria Not Dependent on US Pullout

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu. Photo: Reuters / Denis Balibouse.

A military operation against the Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey has pledged to carry out in northern Syria, is not dependent on a US pullout from the region, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

In an interview with broadcaster NTV, Cavusoglu said it was not realistic to expect the United States to collect fully weapons it gave to its YPG ally, which Ankara views as a terrorist group.

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