ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that US President Donald Trump will be withdrawing US troops from Syria. Washington has not yet commented on this statement.
“US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw [the troops] from Syria,” the minister said on Sunday.
The coalition of more than 70 countries led by the US is claiming to be carrying out military operations against terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. Coalition attacks in Syria are not authorized by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government or by the UN Security Council, and instead has killed thousands of civilians and Syrian Army soldiers who are fighting against Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Turkey are also illegally operating with their military in Syria to fight against Kurdish forces.
In addition, Cavusoglu commented on the audio recordings allegedly linked to the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.
According to him, the audios prove that the murder was planned in advance. According to the minister, the intelligence services of all interested countries have been able to hear them.
“I have also done this, together with my president, [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan. So you can see, you can hear clearly that they are interested in [the Khashoggi case]. They had planned in advance to kill him,” Cavusoglu said.
Cavusoglu reiterated Turkey’s position on the matter, saying that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was determined to fully investigate the Khashoggi case.
Khashoggi was killed in early October after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The alarm about the crime was raised for the first time by Turkish officials.
On October 26, the Saudi attorney general acknowledged that the journalists murder was premeditated. However, Riyadh maintains that the murder had nothing to do with the Saudi royal family, describing the operation as criminal.