Trump Threatens To “Devastate Turkey” If It Attacks Kurds
US President Donald Trump warned its NATO ally Turkey to beware of the devastative wrath of US economic pressure if it dares to attack the Kurdish allies America is leaving behind in its “long overdue” pull-out of troops from Syria.
The US military, Trump promised, will still use an “existing nearby base,” apparently in Iraq, to attack Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] militants if the organization re-emerges in Syria.
Using his typical mode of communication to reaffirm the withdrawal of American troops from the ground, Trump warned Ankara against seeing this as an opportunity to stage any military campaign against Syrian Kurds.
“Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” Trump tweeted, urging Ankara to create a “20-mile safe zone.”
At the same time, Trump urged the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF], which the US trained and armed for years, not to “provoke” Turkey.
In an apparent gesture to save face, following a questionable outcome of four years of uninvited American presence in Syria and an abrupt withdrawal, Trump repeatedly credited the US military for destroying Daesh, disregarding the fact that most of the country was liberated from terrorists by the Syrian army and its allies.
Trump made the decision to withdraw some 2,000 American troops from Syria last month, amid consultations with the Turkish military over their planned operations in Syria. National Security Advisor John Bolton even said that US forces will not leave Syria until Turkey guarantees the safety of the US-backed Kurdish militias.
Turkey, however, remains firmly committed to removing what they call a Kurdish “terrorist” threat coming from the Euphrates River valley, and is actively preparing for a possible cross-border operation.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team