Alwaght- President Donald Trump has threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if the US NATO-ally attacks Washington's Kurdish allies in Syria after US withdrawal.
"Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone....," the president said on Twitter Sunday.
Trump also overstated the US’s alleged role in fighting the ISIS terrorists in Syria, Saying "....Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term U.S. policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies. We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS!"
Turkey, however, remains firmly committed to removing what they call a Kurdish terrorist” threat coming from the Euphrates River valley. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter there was "no difference" between the ISIS and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militants.
“Terrorists can’t be your partners & allies. Turkey expects the US to honor our strategic partnership and doesn’t want it to be shadowed by terrorist propaganda,” he said on Monday.