Tur­key and Kur­dish forces given warn­ing by Trump

Bri­tain pledges ur­gent ac­tion on air pol­lu­tion

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has warned that if Tur­key at­tacks USbacked Kur­dish forces in Syria, the US will “dev­as­tate as­tate Tur­key eco­nom­i­cally”. Mr Trump’s de­ci­sion to pull US troops out of Syria has left the its Kur­dish al­lies vul­ner­a­ble to a Turk­ish at­tack.

Ankara views s the Kur­dish for- ces as ter­ror­ists s aligned with in­sur­gents t i in­side Tur­key. In a tweet, Mr Trump (pic­tured) also warned the Kur­dish forces not to “pro­voke Tur­key”. The US with­drawal has be­gun with ship­ments of mil­i­tary equip­ment. But in com­ing weeks, the con­tin­gent of about 2000 troops is ex­pecte ed to de­part even a as the White House says it will keep pres­sure on th the ISIS net­work. Once the tr troops are gone, th the US will have e ended three y years of or­gan­isin ing, arm­ing, ad­vis­ing and pro­vid­ing air cover for Syr­ian, Kur­dish and Arab fight­ers in an ope­nended cam­paign de­vised by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to deal the mil­i­tants a last­ing de­feat. LON­DON: Bri­tain has pledged to fight air pol­lu­tion and in­tro­duce new leg­is­la­tion this year on air qual­ity to save lives and bil­lions for the econ­omy.

The gov­ern­ment said the UK would be­come the first ma­jor econ­omy to adopt airqual­ity goals based on World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion rec­om­men­da­tions re­gard­ing peo­ple’s ex­po­sure to par­tic­u­late mat­ter.

“Air pol­lu­tion con­tin­ues to shorten lives, harm our chil­dren and re­duce qual­ity of life. We must take strong, ur­gent ac­tion,” En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Michael Gove said.

The De­part­ment for the En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs said it aimed to re­duce the costs of air pol­lu­tion to so­ci­ety by £1.7 bil­lion ($3.04 bil­lion) ev­ery year by 2020, in­creas­ing to £5.3 bil­lion ev­ery year from 2030.

Last year, the British gov­ern­ment pub­lished plans to re­duce emis­sions from cars and planes. In ad­di­tion to cars, diesel-only trains will also be phased out by 2040.

The strat­egy, which also looks to tackle home, farming and in­dus­trial pol­lu­tants, com­mits Bri­tain to halv­ing the num­ber of peo­ple who live in ar­eas breach­ing WHO guide­lines on pol­lu­tion as poor air qual­ity in British cities comes un­der scru­tiny.

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