The White House announced that U.S. President Donald Trump urged Turkey on January 24 to curtail its military operation in Syria and warned it not to bring U.S. and Turkish forces into conflict, but according to Turkish source the White House readout did not accurately reflect the conversation held on that date.
The most striking part of the White House statement was however that it said, quote, "He urged Turkey to deescalate, limit its military actions, and avoid civilian casualties,"
The statement also added, quote, "He urged Turkey to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces."
Turkey's commitment to avoid civilian casualties amid the ongoing Operation Olive Branch in the north western Syrian region of Afrin is a well-documented fact that has garnered everyone's admiration from the local population.
Turkey has continued its Operation Olive Branch without any casualties among civilians in the region occupied by the terrorist PYD.
The curious fact is that the advice to avoid civilian causalities was given to Turkey by the U.S., a country well known for its violation of human rights and responsibility for civilian deaths throughout the world.
The United States often talks about human rights and the need to avoid civilian casualties as if they were only relevant to abuses happening in other countries, although human rights obligations apply to all countries including the United States.