Trump has stern warn­ing for Tur­key over Kurds

The Dominion Post - - World -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump warned yes­ter­day that if Tur­key at­tacked US-backed Kur­dish forces in Syria, the United States will ‘‘dev­as­tate Tur­key eco­nom­i­cally.’’ Trump’s de­ci­sion to pull Amer­i­can troops out of Syria has left the United States’ Kur­dish al­lies vul­ner­a­ble to an at­tack from Tur­key. Ankara views the Kur­dish forces as ter­ror­ists aligned with in­sur­gents in­side Tur­key. In a tweet, Trump also warned the Kur­dish forces not to ‘‘pro­voke Tur­key.’’ The US with­drawal has be­gun with ship­ments of mil­i­tary equip­ment, US de­fence of­fi­cials said.

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