Donald Trump Fulfills His Threat And Sanctions Turkey For Its Offensive Against The Kurds

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "WASHINGTON.- A few days after launching threats on Twitter , the president of the United States, Donald Trump, fulfilled what was promised and announced yesterday economic sanctions against Turkey with the objective to suspend your offensive against combatants and civilians Kurds in Syria, which began because the Republican withdrew his troops from the area. "data-reactid =" 27 "> WASHINGTON.- A few days after launching threats on Twitter, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, fulfilled the promise and announced yesterday economic sanctions against Turkey with the aim of suspending its offensive against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria, which began because the Republican withdrew his troops from the area.

Last week Trump generated a new controversy by communicating that he was going to get American soldiers out of Syria even though he knew that could lead Turkey to start an invasion. He did it anyway but said on social networks that if the Recep Tayyip Erdogan government went beyond the limits with Kurdish militias in the area it would "destroy its economy." Now he complied and said that he will suspend negotiations of a trade agreement with Turkey for 100 billion dollars and raise steel tariffs to 50%. He also imposed penalties against three senior Turkish officials, as well as the Ministers of Defense and Energy.

"I am fully prepared to quickly destroy the Turkish economy in case the leaders of Turkey continue along this dangerous and destructive path," the president added.

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The United States also asked Turkey to stop the invasion and declare a truce, while sending Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser Robert O'Brien to Ankara as soon as possible in an attempt to start negotiations. Pence said Trump contacted the Turkish president directly, who promised not to attack the border town of Kobani, which in 2015 witnessed the first setback of the Islamic State group in a fight with the US-backed Kurdish militants.

For his part, Trump said the invasion of Turkey "precipitates a humanitarian crisis and sets the conditions for possible war crimes," a reference to reports that Turkish-backed fighters executed Kurdish militiamen on the battlefield.

The Americans were looking for a way out of Syria, a measure strongly criticized in the country and internationally due to the possibility of a resurgence of the Islamic State group, whose violent seizure of Syrian and Iraqi territories five years ago was the reason why troops arrived in Syria first.

Trump said approximately one thousand troops who had collaborated with local Kurdish fighters in clashes against the jihadist group in northern Syria will leave the country. They will remain in the Middle East, he said, to "monitor the situation" and avoid a resurgence of Islamic State.

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Erdogan ignored Trump's statements and said today in a televised speech: "We will continue our struggle … until we reach the objectives we have set ourselves." He did it within hours of the warning issued by his American peer.

The Turkish offensive wants to make the Kurdish militia Popular Protection Units (YPG) disappear from northern Syria, considered an "terrorist" group by Ankara, but an ally of the international community in its fight against the Islamic State.

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"Until this morning, we released an area of ​​about 1000 km2 that was under the control of the terrorist organization," Erdogan added, referring to the YPG. "We are going to establish a safe zone from Manbij (northwestern Syria) to our border with Iraq," he said.

According to Erdogan, this area will receive "at first one million and then two million Syrian refugees", from the more than 3.5 million who took refuge in Turkey since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011.

Turkey's attacks in Syria began last week against Kurdish fighters, whom Ankara tilda of terrorists. Yesterday troops from the Syrian government advanced towards their northern border, which could trigger a direct confrontation with the Turkish forces.

AP and AFP agencies

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