U.S. to 'devastate Turkey economically' if it attacks Syrian Kurds

Blanche Robertson
January 14, 2019

Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds.

Donald Trump has warned its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally to beware of the devastative wrath of U.S. economic pressure if Turkey dares to attack the Kurdish allies America is leaving behind in its "long overdue" pull-out of troops from Syria.

Using his typical mode of communication to reaffirm the withdrawal of American troops from the ground, the United States president warned Ankara against seeing this as an opportunity to stage any military campaign against Syrian Kurds. "Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms", the President tweeted on Sunday. His declaration of victory against ISIS was far from unanimous, and officials said US defense and military leaders were trying to dissuade him from ordering the withdrawal right up until the last minute.

Pompeo had earlier said Washington recognized "the Turkish people's right and (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists". It also prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and drew criticism in Congress. Sen.

"The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke to Pompeo about the latest developments in Syria", said a brief statement from Turkey's foreign ministry.

But, he added, "we also know that those fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well".

"Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions".

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Ankara, which views the fighters a danger to its southern border, has reacted angrily to suggestions that Trump's plan to withdraw troops was conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish forces.

"Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements", Ryan said.

"Although we made a clear agreement with U.S. President Trump, different voices are emerging from different parts of the administration", Erdogan said as Bolton prepared to leave town after meeting other Turkish officials.

Ankara has repeatedly told Washington that the YPG is not different from the PKK as the groups were intertwined, and partnering with one terrorist group to fight another was not acceptable.

More than 600 people had been evacuated from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group's remaining holdout in eastern Syria, a monitor said, as United States-backed fighters prepare for a final assault on the area.

"It's an ambitious objective, but it is ours, and it is our mission", he added.

"We have achieved the goal that we set out to achieve", he said.

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