Trump says the US will hurt Turkey economically if it hits Kurds
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump warned on Sunday that if Turkey attacks the US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will destroy Turkey & # 39 ;.
Trump's decision to remove US troops from Syria has made the Kurdish allies of the United States vulnerable to an attack from Turkey. Ankara regards the Kurdish forces as terrorists in agreement with insurgents in Turkey.
In a tweet, Trump also warned the Kurdish troops not to "provoke Turkey".
The withdrawal in the US started with the dispatch of military equipment, according to US officials of the defense. But in the coming weeks it is expected that the contingent of about 2,000 troops will leave, even if the White House says it will continue to exert pressure on the IS network.
Once the troops have disappeared, the US has ended three years of organizing, arming, advising and providing air cover for Syrian, Kurdish and Arab fighters in an open campaign by the Obama administration to treat the militants, also known as ISIS, a permanent defeat.
"Start with the long-awaited withdrawal from Syria while the small remaining ISIS territorial caliphate is hit hard and from many directions," tweeted Trump. "Will again attack from existing nearby base if it reforms, Turkey will devastate economically if they hit Kurds."
FILE – In this file photo of March 28, 2018, Syrians ride a motorcycle as they pass a checkpoint of the Kurdish internal security forces in Manbij, northern Syria. President Donald Trump warned Sunday, January 13, 2019 that if Turkey attacks the US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will destroy Turkey & # 39 ;. (AP Photo / Hussein Malla, file)
Trump's decision to leave Syria, which he initially said would be soon but delayed later, shook American allies and angered the Kurds in Syria. It also led to the resignation of Defense Minister Jim Mattis and drew criticism in Congress. Senator Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island, called the decision a "betrayal of our Kurdish partners & # 39 ;.
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