Turkey and Kurdish forces given warning by Trump
Britain pledges urgent action on air pollution
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.