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Trump says he will 'devastate Turkey economically' if it attacks Kurds

Trump says he will 'devastate Turkey economically' if it attacks Kurds

Erdogan has taken a strong exception to the Trump administration's dictates on Kurdish fighters especially USA concerns on the safety of its Kurdish allies, who helped Washington in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that President Donald Trump's threat to devastate Turkey economically, should it attack Washington-backed Kurdish militia in Syria, would not change plans to withdraw troops from that country.

Erdogan told Trump during Monday's conversation that he has no problem with the Kurds in Syria and that Ankara is only seeking to fight armed groups in the war-ravaged country which threaten its national security. After capturing Raqqa, the SDF plastered the former capital of ISIS with portraits of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, who is imprisoned in Turkey and considered a terrorist by the USA government.

"We will continue to fight against them all", said Kalin. "I think that Erdogan has expressed threats, but I also think he is under serious pressure from Moscow as well as the U.S. not to attack the Kurds", Maloof predicted.

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.

"We are trying to create an orderly, successful, deliberate departure of our forces".

Turkey expects the United States to honor our strategic partnership and doesn't want it to be shadowed by terrorist propaganda.

"We see that the negative decoupling trend in lira that we observed last week strengthening today", an FX trader of a bank said.

In a recent tweet, POTUS wrote that it was time to stop "the endless wars" and bring USA troops back home.

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Mustafa Bali, SDF media office head, said the SDF had stepped up attacks in the past two days and taken control of the area between the IS enclave and the Iraqi border, cutting off an escape route.

"Mr Brunson was a hostage; the Kurds in Syria represent an existential problem [for Turkey]" Mr Cook told The National, highlighting an important distinction between the two cases.

U.S. President Donald Trump has warned of severe economic consequences if Turkey launches an attack on the Syrian Kurds.

Turkey says the YPG is tied to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has been fighting a long guerrilla war for more Kurdish autonomy inside Turkey. "The absence of a couple thousand soldiers on the ground in Syria in no way materially diminishes the capacity of the United States of America and our awesome Armed Forces to deliver American power to accomplish our objectives anywhere in the world", he said.

A USA defense official told Fox News on Friday that the US -led military coalition in Syria started the process of removing troops from the region, but wouldn't confirm further details for security purposes.

"Russia, Iran, and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long-term US policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies", he tweeted.

The While House said in a statement that Trump had warned Erdogan against harming Kurdish military units.

In the absence of congressional oversight, unelected bureaucrats have been privately feuding to determine how to carry out Trump's decision to pull all USA troops out of the country.


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