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Trump threatens Turkey

Date: 08 October 2019 Tags: India & World

Issue

US President Donald Trump has warned NATO ally Turkey, threatening to destroy its economy if Ankara takes a planned military strike in Syria.

 

Background

The United States began pulling troops back from the northeast Syrian border, effectively giving Turkey a green light to move into the area and capture it.

 

Details

  • Turkey has repeatedly threatened to carry out an incursion against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in north eastern Syria who have links to Kurdish guerrillas operating next door in Turkey

  • Trump has said that Turkey could suffer the “wrath of an extremely decimated economy” if it acted in Syria in a way that was against the spirit of humanity.

  • Turkey's lira slid more than 2% to its lowest level in more than a month against the dollar over concerns about the planned incursion into northern Syria and Trump's warning.

Implications

  • The U.S. withdrawal will leave Kurdish-led forces in Syria that have long allied with Washington vulnerable to a planned incursion by the Turkish military which brands them terrorists.

  • The U.S. decision to withdraw from north eastern Syria could open the door to a revival of Islamic State, which has suffered significant battlefield losses to a U.S -led coalition in the area.