Türkiye 'certainly' has right to defend itself against terror threats, says White House

# 22 November 2022 20:35 (UTC +04:00)

Türkiye is facing a terror threat on its southern border and has the right to defend itself, the White House said Tuesday, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

"Turkiye does continue to suffer a legitimate terrorist threat, particularly to their south. They certainly have every right to defend themselves and their citizens," National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, John Kirby, told reporters.

He said the US has concerns about cross-border operations, which he said would affect the fight against the Daesh/ISIS terror group carried out by another terror organization, PKK/YPG.

The operations "might force a reaction by some of our SDF partners, that would ... constrain their ability to continue the fight against ISIS," Kirby added.

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