BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Turkey’s main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), has rejected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s planned invasion of northern Syria.
During the CHP’s weekly meeting, the leader of the party Kemal Kilicdaroglu said he refuses to support the Turkish military operation because it is being passed to Ankara from the U.S.
“We do not have ISIL on our borders. They are taking Turkish soldiers into the quagmire in Syria,” Kılıçdaroğlu said at his party’s group meeting, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News
According to Kilicdaroglu, Turkey is vulnerable to external dangers caused by this operation.
“Who gave you the order? Who is telling you to combat in [Syria],” said Kılıçdaroğlu, recalling Defense Minister Hulusi Akar’s earlier comments on Turkey’s “duty to finish ISIL in Syria.”
“Why should Turkish soldiers die while Trump avoids the casualties of U.S. soldiers in the war-torn country,” the CHP leader said, warning that Turkey was now open to “all sorts of foreign threats.”