Senators sent a letter to Secretary Pompeo demanding an urgent investigation.
U.S. senators representing the Republican and Democratic parties are demanding that U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo investigate Turkey’s role in the use of white phosphorus munitions against civilians in northern Syria. This is reported by Foreign Policy on Friday, October 25.
Chris Van Hollen (Democrat, Maryland), Patrick Leahy (Democrat, Vermont), Richard Blumenthal (Democrat, Connecticut) and Marsha Blackburn (Republican, Tennessee) sent a letter to the Secretary of State demanding a response to 1 Nov.
The senators are demanding to find out how munitions with white phosphorus could have reached the Turkish military, whether their use was a violation of international law, and if so, how the American administration will react to it.
They also want to know whether the units of the Turkish Armed Forces decided to use white phosphorus on their own or acted on the instructions of the authorities of the country.
As you know, the Turkish army on October 9 launched an operation Of the Syrian Peace Source against the Syrian Kurdish Self-Defense Forces (YPG), which Ankara considers an ally of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey.
Two days earlier, the U.S. announced the withdrawal of its military from the border areas of Turkey and Syria, thus opening the way for Ankara to advance.
Turkey intends to establish a so-called security zone in the northern regions of Syria along its border, cleared of the self-defense forces of the Syrian Kurds and militants of terrorist groups, and to resettle there up to two million Syrian refugees, who are there are now in Turkey.