Trump, Congress Promising Sanctions in Response to Slaughter of Kurds (authorized by Trump)

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US President Donald Trump has promised to work with both parties in Congress to hit Turkey with “powerful sanctions,” after Ankara’s military launched a much-criticized operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria.

“Dealing with @LindseyGrahamSC  and many members of Congress, including Democrats, about imposing powerful Sanctions on Turkey,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought. There is great consensus on this. Turkey has asked that it not be done. Stay tuned!”

Donald J. Trump

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Dealing with @LindseyGrahamSC and many members of Congress, including Democrats, about imposing powerful Sanctions on Turkey. Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought. There is great consensus on this. Turkey has asked that it not be done. Stay tuned!

Trump’s announcement comes as Turkey continues a military offensive against Kurdish militia groups in northern Syria, whom it considers terrorists. The offensive was launched following Trump’s withdrawal of US forces from the area, where they had fought alongside the Kurds against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

Accused of “abandoning” the Kurds, Trump has repeatedly stressed his desire not to get involved in another “endless war” in the Middle East. He has, however, faced pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to punish Turkey for its anti-Kurdish operation.

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For the moment, sanctions seem to be the Trump administration’s favored route. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that by deploying “powerful sanctions,” the US can “shut down the Turkish economy if we need to.”

Aside from the potential targeting of civilians – which Erdogan has vowed to avoid – the US is concerned that Islamic State prisoners held in Kurdish-controlled regions may escape amid the conflict. Kurdish officials said earlier on Sunday that “hundreds” of Islamic State-linked prisoners had already escaped from a camp hit by Turkish shelling.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I think the problem with Americans and us Europeans is, that we are both equally stupid. Styles may be different but the outcome is all the same. It’s a social class war going on there in mid East. Kurds being the mud class, voting NON Jewish Communists. And Allah above the Heavens, who will show Your social class, and obey, unless want to be burned in Hell (in fact they will be burn them already on the ground Earth).

    As if we didn’t see this all already before. Not in that sense, that Jews feed us doublestandards, but those Assad supporting Syrian Western upper class immigrants makes it triple, but many of us knows how does it feel to be spitted on the face and all of us can read what You are writing about the mud class Kurds.

  2. This “escape” of ISIS fighters was probably more than likely supported and financed by the Terrorist State of Israel which despite its imminent downfall still maintains the delusion of a “Greater Israel”.

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