U.S. warns Turkey of economic 'devastation' if it hits Kurd forces

U.S. warns Turkey of economic 'devastation' if it hits Kurd forces

On Friday, the US -led coalition said it had started the pullout, but officials later said only equipment, not troops, were going.

How many U.S. troops are in Syria?

US-led operations against IS in Syria have been spearheaded on the ground by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a "good outcome" could be reached between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish groups, after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister.

Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said it was important for Syrian Kurds and the Syrian government to start talking to each other in light of the U.S. withdrawal plans.

"Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", Trump tweeted, urging Ankara to create a "20-mile safe zone".

Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey's presidential spokesman, replied, also on Twitter, with a warning for Mr Trump. "We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home".

Donald Trump has threatened North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey with economic devastation if Ankara attacks the Kurds after the withdrawal of USA troops from Syria.

"We recognize the Turkish people's right and President Erdogan's to defend their country from terrorists", Pompeo said Saturday, according to NPR's Michele Kelemen, who is traveling with the secretary.

VLC to Add Support for Apple's AirPlay
Conveniently enough, the milestone was crossed during CES where the developer was demonstrating new features heading to the app. With this, users can watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater using VR headsets such as the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift.

Cavusoglu once again "rejected and condemned" Bolton's comments on the conditional withdrawal and said despite different voices coming out from Washington, the Turkish president's interlocutor was Trump.

The U.S. and Turkey have been allies for more than six decades, but in recent years their relationship has been repeatedly strained by disputes.

Ankara has repeatedly told Washington that the YPG is not different from the PKK as the groups were intertwined, and partnering with one terrorist group to fight another was not acceptable.

Turkey has criticized the US working with the terrorist PKK/PYD to fight Daesh, saying that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.

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.

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

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France, which is part of the US-led coalition, welcomed what he believed was a slower withdrawal by the United States after pressure from its allies.

In a rare acknowledgment that French troops were also in Syria, he said they would leave when there is a political solution in the country.

Related Articles