The United States has begun withdrawing from Syria, a matter of great joy to many here in the US and a great matter of concern to others.
US forces have been fighting along the Kurdish people who have been battling both ISIS and the forces of Syria’s tyrannical and bloody dictator, Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey does not like the Kurd and have a history if fighting against them in centuries old tribal warfare.
As US troops withdraw from Syria, many feared that Turkey would send forces to fight against the Kurds in Syria.
That prompted President Donald Trump to warn Turkey that if they do attack the Syrian Kurds that they will face total devastation of their economy, which is already fragile.
BBC News – Trump threatens to ‘devastate’ Turkish economy over Syrian Kurds – US President Donald Trump has threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria following a planned pullout of US troops.
In two tweets on Sunday, Mr Trump said that he did not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey either.
US forces have fought alongside a Kurdish militia in northern Syria against the Islamic State (IS) group.
Turkey, however, regards the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as terrorists.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken angrily about American support for the group and vowed to crush it. Turkey’s foreign minister has said the country “will not be deterred by any threat”.
Mr Trump’s comments on Sunday followed further criticism of his abrupt decision to withdraw US forces from Syria…
Turkey already suffered a sharp drop in the value of their lira last August when Trump slapped them with sanctions over the detainment of American Pastor Andrew Brunson.
Trump has not said how he would devastate Turkey’s economy, only that it would be devastated.
It could happen by further sanctions, which have already proven to have a major impact on their economy.
Additionally, at stake in this stand off between Trump and Erdogan are two US military bases located in Turkey.
Both bases provide important strategic positioning in the entire region, but if Trump is going to stop being the world’s police, then perhaps it best to close the bases, pull our troops and equipment out of Turkey, which will assuredly hurt their local economy, and save the US many thousands of dollars.
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