US: No-fly zone wouldn’t resolve key issues in Syria

US deputy national security advisor says there are problems and violence across Syria but no-fly zone would address a specific area.

Kasim Ileri - WASHINGTON (AA) – The U.S. is still not considering a no-fly zone in northern Syria as it might not help resolve the broader conflict in the war-torn country, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security advisor said Tuesday.

 “We do not think a no-fly zone would resolve the fundamental issues on the ground because there continues to be fighting on the ground,” Ben Rhodes told reporters in Laos, where the president has been for a regional summit.

“A no-fly zone would necessarily only be contained to one specific area, and we have problems and violence across the country,” he added.

Rhodes’ comments came after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his call for a no-fly zone and the formation of safe zones for refugees in northern Syria during his China visit for the G20 summit there. 

 Rhodes said the U.S. will continue to dedicate resources to the fight against Daesh but pointed to the importance of sealing off the Turkish-Syrian border and ridding it of Daesh in terms of preventing the flow of foreign fighters.

He also commended Turkey’s operations in Jarabulus to rid its border of Daesh elements, saying it “has been a key priority” for a long time.

“If we can seal that border using Turkish forces, opposition forces, with our logistical and air support, I think that would help us make a substantial gain against ISIL,” he added.

 Asked whether failure to extradite U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, leader of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), would do irreparable harm to Turkish-American relations, Rhodes said that Washington is not ignoring Ankara’s concerns.

 Turkey issued a formal request last month to Washington to extradite the FETO leader after the terror group attempted to overthrow the government in Ankara through a bloody coup.

“It's an irritant on our relationship,” he said. “The fact of the matter is, though, we have a system in which the president could not simply choose to return Gulen.”

 Rhodes said that the Justice Department has devoted considerable resources to reviewing Turkish evidence of Gulen’s guilt and sitting down with their Turkish counterparts.

 “We're not ignoring their concerns, we're just saying you have to meet a legal threshold,” he added. 


 

USA Turkey NATO

Tags: usa, syria, syria war, turkey, turkey news, syrian war, PYD, obama, barack obama, usa diplomacy, china diplomacy, turkey diplomacy, turkey foreign, turkey foreign affairs, pyd=pkk, turkey relations, president turkey, erdogan, recep tayip erdogan, syria terror, PYD terror, PYD terrorist group , news turkey, turkey syria, cooperation, syria news, obama erdogan, putin, Marc Chenault, erdogan putin, usa turkey, erdogan usa, erdogan obama, Kasım İleri, usa syria, turkey politics, syria opposition, northern syria, syrians humans, visit turkey, usa middleeast, Kasim Ileri, cavusoglu, usa terrorism, Free Syrian Army, daesh syria, xi jinping, recep tayyip erdogan, putin erdoğan, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), U.S. Central Command Syria, nato asia, barack obama, trade asia, fetullah gulen, FETO, NATO SYRIA, pkk syria, PYD KCK, terrorism syria, Operation Euphrates Shield, syria operation, syria terror corridor, ben rhodes, brett mcgurk

Print Email

NOTE! This site uses cookies.

If you not change browser settings, you agree to it.

I understand
  • [javascript protected email address]