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World 7 key things to know about Turkey and the war in Syria

23:55  08 october  2019
23:55  08 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about impeachment investigation during signing ceremony for the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement at White House in Washington© Reuters/KEVIN LAMARQUE U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about impeachment investigation during signing ceremony for the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement at White House in Washington

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most Democrats want to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump, even if that means weakening their party's chances of winning back the White House in the 2020 election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

The poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday, found that while support for impeachment remains unchanged overall among all Americans - holding at 45% since last week - it is rising among Democrats. Opposition to impeachment also dropped by 2 percentage points from last week to 39%.

White House says Turkey's Syria operation is imminent, US troops won't be present

  White House says Turkey's Syria operation is imminent, US troops won't be present The White House on Sunday night said Turkey will soon be launching a military operation in northeastern Syria and that U.S. troops will no longer be "in the immediate area" when it happens."Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial 'Caliphate,' will no longer be in the immediate area," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

Among those who identify as Democrats, 79% said Trump should be impeached, up 5 percentage points from a similar poll that ran Sept. 26-30. Only 12% of Republicans and about 1 in 3 independents supported impeachment, which is mostly unchanged from last week.

Support for impeaching Trump had been rising over the past few weeks after an unidentified U.S. intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint accusing the president of pressuring Ukraine to ensnare Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his son in a corruption investigation. Biden is contesting his party's nomination to run against Republican Trump next year.

The complaint, denounced by Trump as a "witch hunt" carried out by his political enemies, has since been backed up by a second unidentified whistleblower who has more direct knowledge than the first of some of the allegations in the complaint, according to the person's lawyers.

Trump halting trade negotiations with Turkey, raising its steel tariffs to 50%

  Trump halting trade negotiations with Turkey, raising its steel tariffs to 50% President Donald Trump announced Monday that he would "soon" issue an order sanctioning Turkish officials, hiking tariffs on Turkish steel up to 50% and "immediately" halting trade negotiations with the country. © Thomson Reuters Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters hold the Syrian opposition flag at the border town of Tel Abyad, Syria, October 14, 2019.

Trump, who says he was acting out of his duty to root out corruption, also said last week that China also should investigate Biden.

According to the poll, two out of three Democrats also said that Congress should pursue impeachment, "even if that means they will need to postpone efforts to pass laws that could benefit me."

And 55% of Democrats said that their party leaders should press ahead with impeachment even "if it means a lengthy and expensive process that could weaken their chances of winning the presidency in 2020."

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,118 adults in the United States, including 454 who identify as Democrats and 457 who identify as Republicans. It has as credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 5 percentage points.

(Reporting by Chris Kahn, Editing by Soyoung Kim and Grant McCool)

Syria to counter Turkey by 'all legitimate means': Assad .
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday his forces will counter Turkey's invasion by "all legitimate means", in his first remarks since deploying troops near the border to support Ankara's Kurdish rivals. We "will respond to it and confront it, in all its forms, anywhere in Syria, using all legitimate means at our disposal," Assad told Iraqi national security adviser Faleh al-Fayad on the ninth day of Turkey's assault against Kurdish forces.

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