Turkey vows to continue fight Kurdish militia after Trump threat

Turkey vows to continue fight Kurdish militia after Trump threat

In a Sunday night tweet, Trump said his government was starting the "long overdue pullout" from Syria while "hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard", and would attack it again from a nearby existing base if the jihadists regroup. The president also vowed that the U.S.

Trump on Sunday warned the United States would "devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds".

Seeking to quell concern about the US troop withdrawal from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday described the American exit as a "tactical change" in military strategy that wouldn't deter efforts to defeat ISIS or hurt USA interests in the region.

"We also know that those fighting alongside us for all this time deserve to be protected as well", he added.

"Stop the ENDLESS WARS!" he added. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, former officials described being "rattled" and "shocked" over Bolton's requests for military options on "a forceful USA response" against Tehran.

The overnight tweet was a stark change in tone from three weeks ago when the White House hailed the US-Turkish strategic partnership and said that Mr Trump is open to a potential visit to Turkey in 2019.

According to Foreign Policy, the US government began private deliberations around a Syria endgame in mid-2018, with some officials attempting to sway Trump away from withdrawal.

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On the one hand, Turkey aims to pursue a campaign against Kurdish forces that have allied with the United States, and on the other the Russia- and Iran-backed Syrian regime sees the chance to recover a huge chunk of territory. By doing so, Heras says, the Turkish leader is "trying to push the USA team to an outcome that would allow Erdoğan to impose his Afrin model".

The Turkish read-out said the two leaders discussed the idea of a safe zone to secure Turkey's border and that Mr Trump said it could go as far as 20 miles into Syria.

It also prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and drew criticism in Congress. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, called the decision a "betrayal of our Kurdish partners".

"We are trying to create an orderly, successful, deliberate departure of our forces".

The Syrian civil war began in 2011. "We will decide on its timing and we will not receive permission from anyone". "In the last 36 hours alone, the air force struck storage facilities with Iranian weapons at the Damascus International Airport. This is exactly what Turkey is doing in Syria", he wrote on Twitter. They also emphasized the need to complete a roadmap regarding the Syrian border town of Manbij, the Turkish presidency said. It included stairs, a rail system and a wide a passageway that allowed for the movement of equipment and a large number of forces.

He added that pulling the troops does not reduce the nation's influence in the Middle Eastern country, nor does it hinder USA global objectives. "My view is that I think the USA is signaling from the top that the Syrian Kurds would have to probably fend for themselves", said Michael Stephens, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.