Speaking to Turkish media personality Ekran Tan on CRI FM, a local radio station, Cevic was asked to comment on the issue of US special forces units in northern Syria operating alongside the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party and its Turkish affiliate – the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Ankara considers both groups to be terrorist organizations.
According to Turkish television channel OdaTV, Tan phrased his question to Cevic as follows: "What will you say to the US? They've served as a shield for the terrorists from the Kurdistan Worker's Party. They've become a shield so that we cannot strike them."
Continuing, the adviser rhetorically asked his host if he remembered what happened to the Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists following the Turkish incursion into northern Syria.
"What happened to Daesh? One night we suddenly went [into Daesh territory]; we ended up in El-Bab. The same applies to northern Syria. If our forces push far enough, and US armored vehicles are already there…You may see several missiles accidentally hitting them."
Surprised by the answer, Tan said that the situation is very complicated, and that "you have expressed yourself in a very severe manner."
Cevic didn't retreat from his words: "If they act in this way, what would you do?"
YPG units are a key component of the majority-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed force that has been closing in on Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Daesh terrorists. Washington and Moscow have each condemned the air strikes. Turkey however has insisted that the strikes were aimed at preventing the Kurdish 'terrorists' from sending fighters and weapons to Turkey.