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Trump threatens to destroy Turkey’s economy if he does something “forbidden” in Syria

October 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (EUROPE PRESS) –

US President Donald Trump has warned Turkey on Monday that he will destroy his economy if he does something he considers to be “prohibited” after giving the green light to a military offensive in northeastern Syria against Syrian Kurdish forces by Ankara

“As I have said firmly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does something that I, in my great and unequaled wisdom, consider that it is prohibited, I will totally destroy and erase the economy of Turkey,” he wrote on his Twitter, recalling that He has done it before.

According to the US president, Turkey, “together with Europe and others, they must monitor the captured combatants of the Islamic State and their families” who are being held by Syrian Kurdish forces in the northeast of the country, mainly in Al Hol.

“The United States has done much more than anyone could expect, including the capture of 100 percent of the Islamic State Caliphate,” he defended, insisting that “the time has come for others in the region, some with a large wealth, protect your own territory. ”

Shortly before, Trump had defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and clear an Ankara offensive against Syrian Kurdish militias, a key element in the fight against the Islamic State and supported by Washington so far.

“The time has come to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers back home,” said the US president. “We will fight wherever our benefit is and we will only fight to win,” he stressed.

In addition, he has argued that “Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to resolve the situation and what they want to do with the Islamic State fighters captured in their 'neighborhood'”.

The White House announced on Sunday that Trump has decided to give a 'green light' to a Turkish military offensive against Kurdish forces present in northern Syria, allies of Washington in the fight against the Islamic State.

In his statement, he stressed that Trump has spoken with his counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and that “Turkey will soon begin its long-planned operation in northern Syria,” which is an important turn of US policy in the country.

“The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation,” he said, before adding that these forces “after defeating the United States' territorial caliphate, will not be in the immediate area.”

He has also reiterated that Washington “has pressured France, Germany and other German countries, where many captured Islamic State fighters arrived, who accept them back, but do not love them and have refused.”

“The United States will not take care of them for what could be many years and a great cost for the US taxpayer,” he said, while pointing out that “Turkey will now be responsible” for jihadists captured in the area.

Trump's decision opens the door to a Turkish military offensive in northern Syria against the Kurdish militia Popular Protection Units (YPG), the main element of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS), supported by Washington in the fight against the Islamic State.