President Trump Threatens Economic Retaliation if Turkey Attacks Kurds

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2019

"Will attack [ISIS] again from existing nearby base if it reforms".

He added, "Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", but followed up in a second tweet, "Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey".

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

But, he added, "we also know that those are fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well". "Stop the ENDLESS WARS!" he continued.

He said the US envoy for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, had traveled to northeast Syria this week and would soon go to Ankara for talks, including on moving forward a UN-led political process to end the eight-year long conflict in Syria.

"Many of the Kurdish statements were positive regarding their concern for the unity of Syria", he said.

The withdrawal began with shipments of military equipment, USA defense officials said.

On December 19, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the U.S. started to pull out its troops from Syria.

It's a stark threat toward an ally in the region that has partnered with the United States in the fight against ISIS.

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But Trump's announcement in December raised fears of a long-threatened Turkish assault against the Kurdish fighters.

Pompeo stressed those fighting alongside the USA are not terrorists and deserve protection.

Ankara believes that the Syrian Kurds - who have been allies to the the fight against ISIS - are linked to groups that are trying to destabilize Turkey.

Senior US officials were shocked too, among them Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who quit in protest. Jack Reed, D-R.I., called the decision a "betrayal of our Kurdish partners".

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.

Washington, however, considers the group as an effective force in the fight against IS.

The move came after Trump declared that the "Islamic State" terrorist group had been defeated in Syria.

President Donald Trump last month announced he would withdraw USA forces from Syria, declaring they had succeeded in their mission to defeat IS and were no longer needed. "In the last 36 hours alone, the air force struck storage facilities with Iranian weapons at the Damascus International Airport". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

"We stand to lose our way of life, we also stand to lose our property and our livelihood", said Ishak. "According to our intelligence, there are no longer any cross-border attack tunnels into Israel".

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