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Trump: We Will Devastate Turkey’s Economy If They Attack Kurds

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US President Donal Trump (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President Donal Trump (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Trump threatened that the U.S. will devastate Turkey’s economy if the Turks attack the Kurds in the wake of the U.S. pullout from Syria.

Last month, Trump shocked the world by announcing the pullout of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, prompting fears that Turkey will use the opportunity to slaughter the Kurds, who they view as mortal enemies and whom they have attacked in the past.

The U.S. has been providing support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters composed mainly of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) who are fighting ISIS in eastern Syria.

Turkey has consistently attacked positions belonging to the YPG, most recently near the town of Kobani in northern Syria.

Turkey maintains that the YPG is a manifestation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Kurdish terror group that has been advocating for decades for Kurdish rights in southeast Turkey, where the Kurds are a majority. As stated by Turkey’s presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin:

The U.S. has designated the PKK as a terror group, but they have backed the YPG, saying it is a separate group. The YPG has been the most effective force in Syria and Iraq against ISIS and America’s strongest and most reliable ally in the fight.

In response to Trump’s threat, Turkey made threats of its own, calling Trump’s support of the YPG a “fatal mistake.”

Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Erdogan has declared that a cross-border operation against the YPG “terrorist group” will begin soon.

The U.S. has already begun removing its troops and equipment from Syria, according to a U.S. defense official, who declined to give details due to security concerns.

The troops are expected to be gone in a matter of weeks, ending three years of U.S. involvement in the war against ISIS in Syria.

Trump also commented on Twitter to the Kurds, asking them not to “provoke” Turkey.

 

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