US President Donald Trump has threatened to destroy the Turkish economy if Turkey “crosses” the border, after his surprise decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.
Trump threatens to “crush” the Turkish economy
In a series of angry tweets
The US president defended his decision that could pave the way for Turkey to launch an attack on Kurdish fighters across the border.
….the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
Trump’s Republican allies:
They have strongly criticized the decision to withdraw troops.
According to a senior State Department official
- The United States has about 1,000 troops in Syria.
- Also, About 20 have been withdrawn from the border region.
Turkish military operation
US forces have begun withdrawing from positions in northeastern Syria. Which paved the way for an imminent Turkish military operation against Kurdish armed forces.
The Kurds opinion
The Kurds see this US shift as a “stab in the back” after allowing a Turkish military operation against them.
But Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday morning that:
The United States engaged “more and more in a war with no purpose in sight.”
As well as, Turkey says it wants to remove the YPG, which Ankara sees as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). from the Turkish border and create a safe area for Syrian refugees to return.
Turkey’s position against the United States
Turkey has consistently condemned the United States for supporting the YPG.
In January, Trump threatened to “economically destroy Turkey” if it attacked Kurdish forces following a planned US withdrawal from Syria.
But the White House statement on Sunday made no mention of the YPG. which played a prominent role in defeating the Islamic State in Syria.
The US statement said:
So, The Turks were responsible for all ISIS prisoners in the region held by Kurdish forces.
Eventually, The statement followed a telephone conversation between President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.