Trump Threatens to ‘Obliterate’ Turkey’s Economy Over Syria

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if it took any action he considered “off-limits” following his decision to withdraw American forces from northeastern Syria.

The withdrawal, announced by the White House late on Sunday, was swiftly condemned by a bipartisan group of lawmakers over concerns that it could open the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish-led forces long allied with Washington.

“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)” Trump tweeted.

The United States began pulling troops back from the northeast Syrian border on Monday.

The major policy shift was denounced as a “stab in the back” by Kurdish-led forces who have been Washington’s most capable partners in fighting Islamic State in Syria.

The Kurdish forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Washington of reneging on an ally, warning it would have a “great negative” impact on the war against the militants.

The White House statement on Sunday appeared to hand Turkey responsibility for Islamic State captives who are held in SDF facilities south of Turkey’s initially proposed safe zone.

For graphic on where Kurds live, click on https://tmsnrt.rs/2OqcPVd

(Reporting by Can Sezer; Additional reporting by Orhan Coskun, Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay in Ankara and Tom Perry in Beirut, Makini Brice and Phil Stewart in Washington; Writing by Alistair Bell; Editing by Howard Goller)

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john
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Every day in every way trumpisphucked proves he is a complete phuhking asshole unworthy of US citizenship let alone the presidency.

Judy Montgomery Chartrand
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It’s a good idea to weaken Turkey no matter what. It’s an evil country. It when from neutral to totally Muslim. It’s wicked and it’s not our ally.

General Confusion
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““As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)” Trump tweeted.” Article What is not being discussed here is the possibility, if not the likelihood, of Turkey joining the circle of influence of Russia. They already attempted to buy Russian arms. What is to stop them from doing much more? One more problem is that Turkey is also one of the NATO countries and King Donald The Loser is… Read more »

General Confusion
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“You call on God for something so trivial? Perhaps you should call on someone who knows you.” Cherl

What? I am calling on no god because there is no god. It is a universal expression of surprise! Get it?

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