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Trump threatens to impose ‘powerful sanctions’ on Turkey

Trump’s announcement comes as Turkey continues a military offensive against Kurdish militia groups in northern Syria, whom it considers terrorists.

Via RT…

US President Donald Trump has promised to work with both parties in Congress to hit Turkey with “powerful sanctions,” after Ankara’s military launched a much-criticized operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria.

“Dealing with @LindseyGrahamSC  and many members of Congress, including Democrats, about imposing powerful Sanctions on Turkey,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought. There is great consensus on this. Turkey has asked that it not be done. Stay tuned!”

Trump’s announcement comes as Turkey continues a military offensive against Kurdish militia groups in northern Syria, whom it considers terrorists. The offensive was launched following Trump’s withdrawal of US forces from the area, where they had fought alongside the Kurds against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

Accused of “abandoning” the Kurds, Trump has repeatedly stressed his desire not to get involved in another “endless war” in the Middle East. He has, however, faced pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to punish Turkey for its anti-Kurdish operation.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, mentioned in Trump’s tweet, has long been a proponent of keeping US boots on the ground in Syria, and urged Trump on Friday to “change course” and use the US military to block the Turkish offensive. Graham and Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) have also unveiled a sanctions bill that would personally target Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his top officials, and freeze military aid to Ankara.

For the moment, sanctions seem to be the Trump administration’s favored route. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that by deploying “powerful sanctions,” the US can “shut down the Turkish economy if we need to.”

Aside from the potential targeting of civilians – which Erdogan has vowed to avoid – the US is concerned that Islamic State prisoners held in Kurdish-controlled regions may escape amid the conflict. Kurdish officials said earlier on Sunday that “hundreds” of Islamic State-linked prisoners had already escaped from a camp hit by Turkish shelling.

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Bill Hader
Bill Hader
October 13, 2019

Actually yeah. Trump should impose sanctions on Turkey, and then it will almost be guaranteed that Turkey will work with Russia and take its lead to solve this mess.

Mike Cosworth
Mike Cosworth
Reply to  Bill Hader
October 14, 2019

I think many competent analysts, i.e. those who aren’t bought, would agree with that.

The World's a Turkish Bazaar
The World's a Turkish Bazaar
Reply to  Bill Hader
October 14, 2019

The US has sacrificed the Kurds (how many times now?), in hopes to keep Turkey in NATO. It simply can’t afford to lose them.

Erdogan knows that and if you’ve ever bartered with a Turk at a bazaar, he knows exactly what he’s doing and the US once again, has no idea what it’s doing.

square
square
October 13, 2019

The list of countries that Trump hasn’t threatened or alienated follows, not good for the USA
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The MAGAdon
The MAGAdon
Reply to  square
October 14, 2019

Looks like a pretty stable list to me. The work of a stable genius with great and unmatched wisdom, no doubt.

Although the armageddonites are getting a bit nervous, some even suggesting he’s in danger of losing his ‘mandate from God’. Oh my.

BobValdez
BobValdez
October 14, 2019

Powerful sanctions, huh?

Well, Turkey can quit NATO and boot your useless arses out of Incirlik.

How would you like them apples, dump?

Lose HALF of NATO AND your base in Turkey. Then watch Russia move into Incirlik and Turkey join BRICS.

Watch the feathers fly at the penta-boondoggle when that happens.

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