United States warns Turkey of economic 'devastation' if it hits Kurd forces

30 2018 shows a convoy of US military vehicles driving through Syria's northern city of Manbij | AFP

Ankara has been infuriated by USA support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the YPG, under the pretext of fighting against Daesh.

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

"We present a vision to stop bloodshed and reaching a political solution with our efforts in Aleppo and Idlib with other powers", he said.

Erdo─čan lashed out at Bolton's remarks by indicating that Turkey can not accept the US condition of protecting YPG terrorists.

"Terrorists can't be your partners & allies".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he is "optimistic" the Syrian Kurds will not be abandoned and confident the US and Turkey can work out a deal to assure the Kurds will be safe.

Pompeo had earlier said Washington recognized "the Turkish people's right and (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

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President Donald Trump warned Turkey not to attack Kurdish forces in Syria after a planned USA pullout, saying the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally would be economically devastated if it did so. "They understand that there are squabbles in Washington, but their mission remains, their duties continue and they're executing them".

United States national security adviser John Bolton suggested on Tuesday that protecting Washington's Kurdish allies would be a precondition of the United States withdrawal.

Trump's impulsive decision to withdraw troops from Syria was announced on December 19 past year, after declaring the Islamic State (ISIS) to have been fully "destroyed", created a rift between him and the USA military. The two countries, along with Iran had also initiated a deal for an evacuation from Aleppo in late 2016 after the Assad regime took control of the city.

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained over United States backing for the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey views as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that is waging a decades-long insurgency on Turkish soil. "After all, the Kurds are an integral part of Syrian society", Zakharova said.

The Kurds are looking for protection against a possible Turkish attack and Syria's Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan told reporters Sunday his government would like an intensified dialogue with the Kurds. "Turkey expects the USA to honor our strategic partnership and doesn't want it to be shadowed by terrorist propaganda", Kalin wrote.

"President Macron spoke to him (Trump) several times and it seems that there has been a change that I think is positive", he said in a television interview on Thursday.

Similarly to Pompeo, Republican U.S. Sen.

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