Trump warns Turkey of economic devastation if it hits Kurds

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

The bilateral relations have been further aggravated by USA threats to halt the transfer of military tech to its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, including the fifth generation F-35 stealth fighter jets, and even to impose sanctions over Turkey's commitment to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems, a diversification of weapons suppliers that enhances its national security. In a televised speech in December, he said Turkey's army would be ready "neutralize terrorist organizations" in upcoming months, according to the Financial Times.

Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton had a tense meeting with Turkish officials in Ankara this week.

How many U.S. troops are in Syria?

Last month, Trump announced that he wanted U.S. troops out of Syria - a decision that resulted in the resignations of Defense Secretary James Mattis and Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS.

More than 2,000 US troops are serving in Syria.

Turkey has carried out military exercises at the border with Syria before an expected offensive on the northern city of Manbij, now held by the United States-backed Kurdish fighters.

Kurds and Christians in the northeast region "have tried to put together this pluralistic model which is based on secularism", he told NPR. "We will be like second-class citizens at best, if we survive as Syriac Christians and Kurds".

"Today, we discussed the latest developments and the steps that should be taken [in Syria]", Cavusoglu said on Saturday at an event in Turkey's southern Antalya province. He said many details around the troop withdrawal still need to be ironed out, but that he was optimistic a "good outcome" could be reached between Turkey and Kurdish groups in Syria.

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Pompeo discussed latest developments in Syria during a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on January 12.

"Secretary Pompeo reiterated the United States' commitment to addressing Turkish security concerns along the Turkey-Syria border", said Palladino.

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

The US-led coalition battling ISIS added to confusion surrounding the US withdrawal from Syria on Friday by saying it had started the pullout process, but officials later clarified that only equipment, not troops, were being withdrawn.

The president's announcement also accelerated the resignation of Brett McGurk, the special envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS.

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Pompeo also spoke about the partial government shutdown, which has become the nation's longest.

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