U.S. to 'devastate Turkey economically' if it attacks Syrian Kurds

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Friday Jan. 11 2019

US President Donald Trump has warned Turkey that it faces economic devastation if it attacks Kurds after US troops leave Syria.

Once the troops are gone, the US will have ended three years of organizing, arming, advising and providing air cover for Syrian, Kurdish and Arab fighters in an open-ended campaign devised by the Obama administration to deal ISIS a lasting defeat.

President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he had chose to withdraw the 2,000 USA troops there stunned allies who have joined Washington in the battle against ISIS militants in Syria.

Turkey had reacted angrily to suggestions that Trump's plan to withdraw troops was conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish fighters, seen by the Turkish government as terrorists.

More than 2,000 US troops are serving in Syria. National Security Advisor John Bolton even said that United States forces will not leave Syria until Turkey guarantees the safety of the US-backed Kurdish militias.

Trump promised the US will hit Turkey financially if Ankara attacks the Kurds, but noted in a follow-up tweet that he does "not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey".

Trump's decision to leave Syria, which he initially said would be rapid but later slowed down, shocked US allies and angered the Kurds in Syria, who are vulnerable to attack by Turkey.

Mr Trump gave no details as to who would create, enforce or pay for this safe zone.

Turkey, however, remains firmly committed to removing what they call a Kurdish "terrorist" threat coming from the Euphrates River valley, and is actively preparing for a possible cross-border operation.

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"They are living the final moments and realize that this battle is the battle to eliminate them", said Mustafa Bali, SDF media office head.

The monitor said some 300 SDF combatants had deployed near the village of Sousa in preparations for a final assault.

While reiterating that the U.S. began the pullout of its troops from Syria, Trump tweeted, "Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions".

The US military, Trump promised, will still use an "existing nearby base", apparently in Iraq, to attack the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants if the terrorist organization re-emerges in Syria.

Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term USA policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies. "We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS!"

Rami Abdel Rahman from the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said several dozen jihadist fighters were among those evacuated to areas held by the Kurdish-Arab alliance.

An estimated 2,000 civilians remain trapped in the area around the town of Hajin, the United Nations said.

A spokesman for the US-led coalition said on Sunday the SDF were making "great progress. but the fight continues".

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