“I don’t worry,” Funk said when asked by the Associated Press about Turkish threats, “It’s not in my job description to worry, my job is to fight.”
“No country, no organization dares to question Turkey’s power and determination now,” Erdogan had said.
US troops deployed near the territory controlled by the Turkish army and its Islamist proxies continue to act as a de facto peace-keeping force at frontlines between their NATO ally and YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) partners.
Over the weekend, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that his country’s ties with the US were at a make or break point.
He had earlier claimed Washington was backing the YPG because it shared the same “Marxist, communist, atheist” ideology.
Turkish anger over US support for the SDF has been brewing even after Ankara launched its attempted invasion of the besieged Kurdish enclave of Afrin, west of Manbij, where Americans have no presence.
Turkish airstrikes and ground shelling have killed up to 180 civilians, wounded over 350, and displaced more than 60,000 people, Kurdish officials from Afrin revealed.
“They have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said of the US, quoting a Quranic verse about disbelievers.
He sounded confident that the US was going to abandon its partners who defeated IS in Manbij and Raqqa.
“Snow will soon fall over the mountains you trust,” he said.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany
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