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WorldPompeo 'optimistic' Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protected

20:20  12 january  2019
20:20  12 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Trump threatens to 'devastate' Turkey's economy if they attack Kurds in Syria

Trump threatens to 'devastate' Turkey's economy if they attack Kurds in Syria President Donald Trump said Sunday the US would "devastate Turkey economically" if the NATO-allied country attacks Kurds in the region. "Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms," the President tweeted on Sunday. He added, "Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds," but followed up in a second tweet, "Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey.

Spokesperson denies Erdoğan made commitment to protect Kurds in Syria . US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan assured President Donald Trump that the Syrian Kurds who assisted the US in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq

Syrian Kurds say they are ‘ready to fight Turkey ’. Erdogan rejoiced at Trump's Syria pullout. The U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria will not be scuppered despite Turkish threats against Washington's Kurdish allies there, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, promising to ensure that

Pompeo 'optimistic' Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protected© Provided by AFP US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Cairo airport on January 9, 2019 as part of a regional tour

Washington's top diplomat said Saturday he was "optimistic" a way could be found to protect Syrian Kurds while allowing Turks to "defend their country from terrorists" following a US pullout from Syria.

"We are confident we can achieve an outcome that achieves both of those," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists in Abu Dhabi.

The Gulf emirate is his latest stop in a regional tour aimed at reassuring allies after a shock December announcement by President Donald Trump that US troops would be withdrawn from Syria.

Pompeo says Trump's Turkey threat won't alter Syria troop withdrawal

Pompeo says Trump's Turkey threat won't alter Syria troop withdrawal Pompeo says Trump's Turkey threat won't alter Syria troop withdrawal

BAGHDAD/CAIRO (Reuters) - The U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria will not be scuppered despite Turkish threats against Washington’s Kurdish allies there, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, promising to ensure that the Kurds would still be protected . Pompeo met leaders in

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy offered a creative interpretation of Pompeo ’s comments, saying that the US secretary of state had US Secretary of State # Pompeo :"US seeks to ensure '#Turks don't slaughter the # Kurds ' in # Syria " My Comment; Turkey is currently hosting over

Pompeo's remarks follow tensions between the US and Turkey over the fate of Washington's Syrian Kurdish allies in the fight against Islamic State group jihadists.

Turkey had reacted angrily to suggestions that Trump's plan to withdraw troops was conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish fighters, seen by the Turkish government as terrorists.

US-led operations against IS in Syria have been spearheaded on the ground by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces.

Ankara sees the backbone of that alliance, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), as a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) which has fought a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

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

White House scrambles to repair rift with Turkey after Trump's threat to 'devastate' ally's economy

White House scrambles to repair rift with Turkey after Trump's threat to 'devastate' ally's economy Trump's Twitter threat comes as the U.S. and Turkey are engaged in delicate negotiations over the fate of the Syrian Kurds.

Syria 's Kurds will be protected from Turkish military threats, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Kurdish leaders in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region on Wednesday during an unannounced trip to Erbil. The top US diplomat earlier met Iraqi leaders in Baghdad as part of his Middle East trip to

Ankara’s operation against Kurdish -led forces in Syria doesn’t hinge on a US pull-out, Turkish Saying that it’s not possible for Turkey to make concessions here, Erdogan branded Bolton’s The US, which has supplied arms to the Kurds , has repeatedly praised the units in their fight against the

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

Pompeo said he had spoken to Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

"Many details (are) still to be worked out but I'm optimistic that we can achieve a good outcome," he said.

- Threatened assault -

Multiple operations including American-backed assaults have ousted IS jihadists from most of the swathes of Syria and Iraq they captured in 2014.

But Trump's announcement raised fears of a long-threatened Turkish assault against the Kurds.

On Thursday, Cavusoglu repeated that threat, telling NTV television: "if the (pullout) is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision."

That came after a tense meeting between Turkish officials and Trump's national security adviser John Bolton in Ankara, aimed at coordinating the pullout process after Bolton set conditions that appeared to postpone it indefinitely.

Turkey hits back at Trump threats over Kurds

Turkey hits back at Trump threats over Kurds Turkey on Monday vowed it would not be intimidated by US President Donald Trump's threats of economic devastation if Ankara attacks Kurdish forces as American troops withdraw. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Trump's threat came after Ankara repeatedly threatened a new cross-border operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which have been working closely with the United States in the war on Islamic State (IS) extremists.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Turkey promised to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to pull Pompeo was elaborating on his remark last week that the United States was working to ensure that "the Turks don't slaughter the Kurds " -- a choice of

The Kurdish -Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) and armed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) control more than a quarter of the America now wants to pull out, leaving the Kurds exposed to an offensive by Turkey , who considers the Kurdish forces a terror group with ties to the

The terms included the total defeat of IS -- still active in some parts of Syria -- and ensuring protection for Kurdish fighters.

The US-led coalition launched operations against IS in September 2014, forming the SDF a year later with some 25,000 Kurdish fighters and 5,000 Arabs -- all Syrian.

Backed by US arms and air support, the YPG-dominated group has overrun the de facto Syrian capital of IS, Raqa, and a large part of Deir Ezzor province.

But that stirred Turkish fears of a breakaway Kurdish state on its border.

As well as fighting IS, the YPG has also battled pro-Ankara forces in northwestern Syria, pulling SDF forces away from the battle against jihadists in the east of the country.

Trump's announcement last month prompted the YPG to call on Syrian government troops to deploy alongside their own forces in the north to help counter a potential Turkish offensive.

A spokesman for the US military said Friday it had begun "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria".

But US defence officials quickly sought to clarify that while gear was being pulled out, "we are not withdrawing troops at this stage".

Pompeo: US 'absolutely not' getting out of the Middle East

Pompeo: US 'absolutely not' getting out of the Middle East Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States is "absolutely not" getting out of the Middle East despite the Trump administration's plan to withdraw troops from Syria. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "We're a force for good," Pompeo said in an interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group. "The notion of get out doesn't frankly - doesn't capture what it is the Trump administration is intending to do.

Turkey 's threat to Kurds could slow pullout. While the U.S. military pullout is now officially underway it is making a slow start. The White House has not The U.S. announcement that Mr. Trump's ordered withdrawal is underway might be enough to convince Turkey to hold fire against America's Kurdish

BAGHDAD/CAIRO: The US troop withdrawal from Syria will not be scuppered despite Turkish threats against Washington’s Kurdish allies there, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, promising to ensure that the Kurds would still be protected .

Syria's devastating conflict began in 2011 with anti-government demonstrations that were brutally crushed, sparking a complex war involving multiple foreign militias and jihadist groups, as well as regional and international powers including the US.

The withdrawal announcement had also sparked concerns among Arab states and Israel that it could open the way to growing Iranian influence.

Pompeo has pledged to "expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria, and on Saturday sought to downplay the impact of the US pullout on this goal.

"The fact that a couple of thousands of uniformed personnel in Syria will be withdrawing is a tactical change," he said.

"It doesn't materially alter our capacity to continue to perform the military actions that we need to perform."

The US is looking to create an anti-Iran front -- the Middle East Strategic Alliance -- bringing together Gulf countries as well as Egypt and Jordan.

Washington is set to convene an international summit in Poland next month focusing on stability in the Middle East, including Iran's influence.

U.S. is aware of need to protect Kurds: French minister.
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