Turkey is trying to persuade the international community to allow it to carry out a limited military operation in northern Syria, the president of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Ilham Ahmed, said on Monday in a television interview with Russia Today.
“Despite the public opinion’s rejection of this operation, we take the Turkish threats seriously,” she added.
“The Turkish operation will lead to the release of all ISIS detainees who are in these areas. This will turn the region into hotbeds of terrorism targeting Russian, Iranian, European and American security,” Ahmed said.
Stating that the Autonomous Administration of North and East of Syria (AANES) is open to dialogue and peaceful resolution of all issues internally and with neighbouring countries and other parties, she continued:
“We depend on our own forces and preparations. We rely on our diplomatic capabilities and our international relations in order to reduce the escalation and prevent Turkey from carrying out this military operation.”
On 1 June, Turkish President Erdoğan said that Ankara would move forward to establish a 30-kilometre-deep security belt along the country’s border with Syria.