Trump threatens to ‘devastate’ Turkey if Kurds are attacked

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"Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", Trump said on Twitter, using another name for Daesh.

He noted, however, that Washington doesn't want the Kurds to provoke Turkey as well.

Bolton said last Sunday that the Trump administration would delay pulling American troops from Syria until Turkey assures the US that Kurdish forces won't be touched.

"It is a fatal mistake to equate Syrian Kurds with the PKK, which is on the U.S. terrorists list, and its Syria branch PYD/YPG", Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish presidential spokesperson said on Twitter in response to Trump's threat. The move came after Trump declared that the "Islamic State" terrorist group had been defeated in Syria.

Bolton said last week that as a precondition for USA withdrawal, the protection of YPG terrorists must be assured, which drew fire from Turkish politicians, including top government officials.

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He called the Syria pullout "long overdue" but said the United States would still hit "the little remaining Isis territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions".

In his tweets Sunday, Trump also mentioned striking the Islamic State from an "existing nearby base" if the group reappears after the U.S. withdrawal, something analysts have feared if USA forces hastily leave the country.

"We also know that those fighting alongside us for all this time deserve to be protected as well", he added.

"Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term US policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies", Trump continued. Lindsey Graham also said that there are some elements among the Kurds in Syria who pose a legitimate national security threat to Turkey and that hopes to have a meeting with Erdoğan to discuss the situation in the war-torn country. "Stop the ENDLESS WARS!" he continued.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman said that several dozen militants were among those evacuated to areas held by the Kurdish-Arab alliance.

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The Kurdish YPG has been a USA ally in the fight against the Islamic State group and it controls swaths of northern Syria.

"Mr @realDonaldTrump Terrorists can't be your partners & allies".

"We are confident we can achieve an outcome that achieves both of those: that protects the Turks from legitimate terror threats, and prevents any substantial risk to the folks who don't present terror risks to Turkey", Pompeo said, without elaborating on how each side would be protected.

An estimated 2,000 civilians remain trapped in the area around the town of Hajin, the United Nations said.

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