Video PlayerClose ISTANBUL, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) — Amid the Turkish army’s incursion into northeastern Syria to kick U.S.-backed Kurdish militia away from the border, the international pressure for the operation to be ended mounts as analysts are concerned about Ankara’s role in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group. Breaking Washington’s resistance following months-long negotiations, Turkey launched on Wednesday a ground offensive to create a safe zone on the Kurdish militia-held territory along its border. The operation came after U.S. President Donald Trump unexpectedly withdrew American troops from the area following a phone call on Sunday with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The operation, dubbed “Peace Spring,” has sparked widespread condemnation from around the world with only a few countries such as Pakistan and Qatar having offered support to Ankara so far. While agreeing to stand aside, the United States said it does not endorse the operation against the Kurdish militia which is seen by Ankara as terrorists but an ally by Washington. “Turkey has no political support (for its operation). We remain isolated,” said Murat Bilhan, a former Turkish diplomat. All analysts who spoke to Xinhua said the international pressure should be expected to mount and… Read full this story
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