The United States supports Turkey’s military action against the Syrian army in Idlib, seeing it as an act of self-defence, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

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“We stand by our NATO Ally Turkey in the aftermath of the attack, which resulted in the death of multiple Turkish personnel serving at an observation post used for coordination and de-escalation, and fully support Turkey’s justified self-defence actions in response”, Pompeo said.

He blamed Syrian forces for the escalation of violence in Idlib province, in the country’s northwest. According to Pompeo, a mortar bomb attack on 3 February hit Turkish observation posts, resulting in multiple casualties.

The statement comes a day after five Turkish soldiers and one civilian were killed in shelling by Syrian government forces in Idlib. The Turkish Defence Ministry pledged to take retaliatory action.

Prior to that, Ankara repeatedly accused Damascus of violating the Russia-Turkey deal on the demilitarised zone in Idlib and threatened military force unless the situation changed. Damascus, in turn, defended its right to retaliate against continued militant attacks on civilians and government forces in Idlib.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to set up a demilitarised zone along the contact line between the armed opposition and the government forces in Idlib. Not all militants have laid down their weapons, with the province continuing to be a stronghold of various terrorist groups.

 

Source: Sputnik

 

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OziGooner
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Who needs the opinion from a clown in Washington who doesn’t know what peace & justice means…keep eating those donuts Pompeo.

Gonçalo Pena
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American idiots

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Soizic

Rien d’étonnant de la part de la merde américaine!!!

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Let me simplify what all this means. Pompous Pompeo is offering “diplomatic” support for Turkey’s occupation of the northern bits of Syria that the latter invaded. Also, by the many years of inaction by both Turkey and the USA’s inaction against HTS (Syrian al Qaeda) and using them against the Syrian Government, they are both in fact allowing al Qaeda to exist while giving them a free hand in the conflict in Idlib province. Irony seems to lost on Americans concerning the fact that that al Qaeda was the organization responsible for 9/11 in New York City. A cynic might… Read more »

Sweet Robert
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LOL Fatso. Turks not going to be an ally as you still supporting PKK.Idlib toast and the remaining borders will be secured.

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Chauhan Chauhan

this fat pig thinks lies always come first. thugs will remain thugs for whole life. inUS right there are 2 reatrded people in white house Trump and pompeo. and the biggest liars

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The cat’s out of the bag now! It’s officlal! Erdogan’s Turkey is Washington and Tel Aviv’s b*tch and always has been. Even the stones know it.

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The US Pompous Butthead of State is such a Khazar Zionist Shrill. Maybe he should go get a gun and help Turkey invade Syria, and he should be the point man. The coward speaks big, as the Zionist with their hand up his behind move his lips.

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Pompeo and Daeshbags support Turks.