Trump warns Turkey not to harm Kurds

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SIN­GA­PORE/WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump warned Turkey not to at­tack Kur­dish forces in Syria af­ter a planned US pull­out, say­ing the North At­lantic Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion ally would be eco­nom­i­cally dev­as­tated if it did so. In a Sun­day-night tweet, Mr. Trump said his gov­ern­ment was start­ing the “long over­due pull­out” from Syria while hit­ting the “lit­tle re­main­ing” Is­lamic State “ter­ri­to­rial caliphate” and would at­tack again from a nearby ex­ist­ing base if the ji­hadist group re­groups. “The US is with­draw­ing from north­east Syria in a strong, de­lib­er­ate and co­or­di­nated man­ner, and seeks to en­sure that the forces that have fought along­side coali­tion part­ners in the cam­paign against ISIS are not mis­treated,” an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said fol­low­ing the pres­i­dent’s tweet. In a sep­a­rate tweet, Mr. Trump also warned the Kurds against pro­vok­ing Turkey. —

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