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FM Çavuşoğlu holds phone call with U.S. counterpart Pompeo over Syria

14 January 2019

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump also warned the Kurdish forces not to "provoke Turkey".

A US-led coalition of over 70 member-nations has been conducting military operations against the Daesh terror group in Syria and Iraq.

President Donald Trump is warning Turkey it would face economic devastation if it strikes at the Kurds when US forces pull out of Syria.

The withdrawal began with shipments of military equipment, USA defense officials said.

The president defended his decision to withdraw troops, saying any remaining IS fighters could be attacked from an unspecified "existing nearby base".

Trump's impulsive decision to withdraw troops from Syria was announced on December 19 previous year, after declaring the Islamic State (ISIS) to have been fully "destroyed", created a rift between him and the USA military.

It's a stark threat toward an ally in the region that has partnered with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS.

Speaking in Abu Dhabi, Mr Pompeo said the U.S. recognised "the Turkish people's right and Mr Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken angrily about American support for the group and vowed to crush it. It also prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and drew criticism in Congress. Sen.

The president said the U.S. has started what he called the "long, overdue pullout" from Syria while going after IS militants in the remaining territory they hold. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Erdogan rebuffed a proposed meeting with Bolton in Ankara on January 8, then took to live television instead to insult him for a lack of perspective.

"Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", Trump tweeted, urging Ankara to create a "20-mile safe zone".

"We also know that those fighting alongside us for all this time deserve to be protected as well", he added.

Ankara has repeatedly told Washington that the YPG is not different from the PKK as the groups were intertwined, and partnering with one terrorist group to fight another was not acceptable.

Russia, which has deployed forces into Syria in support of the Damascus regime, said it had the impression that the United States wanted to stay despite the announced withdrawal of U.S. troops, RIA news agency reported.

Pompeo said he had spoken to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, earlier on Saturday, adding that there are "many details still to be worked out", but that he was optimistic both sides could achieve "a good outcome there".

"We stand to lose our way of life, we also stand to lose our property and our livelihood", said Ishak.

FM Çavuşoğlu holds phone call with U.S. counterpart Pompeo over Syria