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The White house signaled are ready to act, as Turkey violence escalates in Syria; John Roberts reports from Washington.
President Trump announced on Monday afternoon that he has a executive order aimed soon, Problem is the imposition of sanctions against Turkey because of its “destabilising” – offensive in Syria, in the midst of a cross-party outcry over the President’s troop pullback earlier this month that the threatened U.S.-Kurdish forces.
The sanctions were followed by the President Oct. 7 threat when he warned that “if Turkey does nothing, that I, in my great and unparalleled wisdom, as off limits, I’m going to totally destroy and destroy the economy of the Turkey (I’ve done that before!).”
In a statement posted on Twitter on Monday, Trump announced that steel tariffs would be increased “up to 50 percent,” and the U.S. “immediately stop to the negotiations … with regards to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.”
The order would prevent enable, “powerful” additional sanctions against those who “are perhaps involved in serious violations of human rights, the obstruction of a cease-fire that displaced people from returning home, the repatriation of refugees, forced or threaten the peace, security or stability in Syria,” wrote Trump.
People standing on a roof in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, Southeast Turkey, on the border with Syria, watch Oct, as in the background smoke is smoke from fires by Turkish shelling in Tal Abyad, Syria, Sunday. 13, 2019. Turkey says official Anadolu news agency, that Turkey supports the Syrian troops, advanced into the centre of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, on the fifth day of the Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Current and former Turkish officials, as well as no-one would be a contribution to “Turkey’s destabilizing actions in North-Eastern Syria,” the targeted, Trump said.
The remaining U.S. troops in northeastern Syria will be withdrawn, as planned, Trump said, and redeployed “in the region to monitor the situation and prevent a repeat of 2014,” if ISIS has made large territorial gains.
In separate tweets, the President said he would focus “much rather be on our Southern border” as the conflict in Syria.
Trump also stressed that Syria “will, of course, for the protection of the Kurds.” The New York Times reported that a deal between Kurdish forces and Damascus – announced-that was on Sunday evening would allow you to try Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, once again set foot in the North-East of the country.
A poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is kept up, during the show of support from about a dozen people in Turkey in the operation in Syria, Oct in the border town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, on Monday. 14, 2019. Erdogan criticized the NATO allies, to expand the search, an arms embargo against Turkey, on whose push-in Northern Syria. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
“To give an agreement with the Syrian government, whose duty it is to protect the country, the borders and the preservation of Syria’s sovereignty – for the Syrian army and deploy to help along the Syrian-Turkish border, the [Syrian Democratic forces, the SDF] to stop aggression,” Turkey, the SDF, which is primarily a Kurdish militia, said in a statement.
Syrian TV said the government troops were moving to the North, against the Turkish invasion, but gave no details.
Adding to the turmoil Sunday, hundreds of Islamic state families and supporters escaped from an internment camp in Syria-in the midst of the fighting between the Turkish army and the Kurds.
The rapidly deteriorating situation set in motion was, last week, when trump ordered U.S. troops into Northern Syria, put aside to enter, clearing the way for an attack by Turkey, which in terms of the Kurds as terrorists. Since 2014, the Kurds are on the side of the United States in defeating the Islamic state in Syria and Trump decried was fought at home and abroad as a betrayal of an ally.
Over the past five days, the Turkish troops and their allies invaded the Northern cities and villages, clashes with the Kurdish fighters over a distance of 125 km. The offensive, at least 130,000 people displaced.
The developments came as the graphic images of violence against Kurds spread over the social media.
Turkey justified its ongoing invasion in the North-East of Syria to the United Nations say, it is the exercise of its right to self-defense under the U. N. Charter, a letter circulated Monday.
Ankara said the military offensive was carried out against an “imminent terrorist threat” and the security of its borders from the Syrian-Kurdish militias, which it calls “terrorists” and the Islamic state extremist group.
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Turkey is of the opinion that the main Kurdish group in Syria in connection with an outlawed Kurdish group in Turkey, the Kurdistan workers ‘ party. Known as the PKK, the group has a 35-year-old conflict against the Turkish state, of the tens of thousands of people dead led.
Turkey’s U. N. Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioglu, said in the letter to the security Council, dated Oct. 9, that his counter-terrorist operation “proportionate, measured and responsible.”
“The operation is targeting terrorists and their hideouts, shelters, emplacements, weapons, vehicles, and equipment,” he said. “All precautions are taken to avoid collateral damage to the civilian population.”
But U. N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said on Monday that at least 160, 000 civilians were newly displaced persons and that the military action has already led, allegedly, to the fact that many victims among the civilian population.
A Turkish armed forces in the tank, its new position is driven according to the Transport by truck on a road in the direction of the border with Syria in the province of Sanliurfa, Turkey, on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Syrian troops in several Northern towns and villages Monday, always in the vicinity of the Turkish border, such as Turkey, the army and opposition forces with the support of Ankara marched to the South in the same direction, raising concerns of a clash between the two sides of the Turkish invasion of Northern Syria in the sixth day. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Sinirlioglu, said Syria’s eight-year conflict “has created a breeding ground for various terrorist organizations, the a variety of threats for the region and beyond.”
Despite these claims, many of the foreign fighters who originally found their way to Syria through Turkey, and it was generally believed that the Turkish authorities turned a blind eye to the time.
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Turkey said it invoked article 51 of the U. N. Charter, authorized the military action in self-defense. There is also the six resolutions of the security Council quoted since 2001, dealing with the fight against terrorism.
“Turkey’s national security was under direct and immediate threat of terrorist organizations, said in the East of the Euphrates in Syria,” Sinirlioglu.
In addition, he said, signed an agreement with Turkey and Syria in Adana on Oct. 20, 1998 “a contractual basis for my country to fight against all kinds of terrorism, the hide of Syrian territory in their and in an effective timely manner.”
Sinirlioglu emphasized Turkey’s strong commitment to Syria’s territorial integrity and political unity.
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He said that the country “will perform this operation, in support of the efforts to facilitate the safe return of displaced Syrians to their homes of origin or other places of your choice in Syria.”
He stressed that Turkey has “a strong commitment” to a political solution to the Syrian conflict based on a roadmap to peace adopted by the major Nations in 2012 and endorsed by the security Council in 2015.
Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report.