Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Threatens to Shut Down All US Dollar Transaction in Turkey

Trump Threatens to Shut Down All US Dollar Transaction in Turkey

Esper also said the incursion "risks serious consequences" for Turkey, and he expressed his concern that it could harm USA personnel in Syria.

"We have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies and it's a very untenable situation", Esper said.

Separately on Saturday, IS declared a new campaign in Syria, which it said was to avenge its members' detention in Kurdish-run prisons. "SDF are looking to cut a deal, if you will, with the Syrians and the Russians to counter-attack against the Turks in the north".

Asked if troops would possibly presumably be leaving the nation altogether, Esper clarified that the withdrawal turned into elegant from northern Syria, "which is where most of our forces are".

Battling raged Sunday along the border on the fifth day of an offensive that has provoked a world outcry and left dozens of civilians and opponents tiresome.

A female Kurdish politician and women's rights activist was among nine civilians killed on a road in northern Syria on Saturday, according to SOHR.

"Our team is safe but colleagues have died", Perez wrote. It launched the operation earlier this week after President Donald Trump moved USA forces aside, saying he was committed to getting out of America's "endless" wars.

Turkish forces backed by Syrian rebel groups launched an offensive on Wednesday into areas of northern Syria controlled by the SDF.

Earlier on Sunday, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the United States was poised to evacuate about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria after learning that Turkey planned to extend its incursion further south and west than originally planned.

Trump tweeted Sunday that it was "very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish Border, for a change".

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More and more displaced people were arriving at collection centers, and more than 400,000 were affected by a loss of running water supplies including 82,000 residents of two refugee camps in the region, OCHA said.

"Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other", he wrote. Allow them to! We are monitoring the scenario carefully. "Endless Wars!" he said.

On Friday the Kurdish-led authorities said discussions were under way on how to move the Ain Issa camp, which had been hit by shelling.

American troops came under Turkish fire in northern Syria last night.

Turkey's Defence Ministry tweeted Sunday that its forces had taken control of the main highway running between Hassakeh, a major town and logistics hub, and Ein Eissa, the administrative centre of the Kurdish-held areas. The official, who was not authorized to disclose operational details and spoke on condition of anonymity, said USA troops on the ground are at risk of being "isolated" and can not travel overland without a "high risk" of armed confrontation with Turkey-backed forces.

"It's something we may do. There's full authority and something at a moment's notice the president can tell me to do".

Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Friday that Germany expected all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners - which includes Turkey - to contribute towards stabilising the region.

Critics say the US has betrayed the Kurds by pulling back in the face of Turkey's invasion, but Esper said the administration was left with little choice once President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Trump a week ago that he was going ahead with a military offensive.

Pressure is building on Turkey to halt its operation, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it will continue. We are under the threat of a terrorist organisation. They have no idea what a bad decision they have made.

The final statement of Arab foreign ministers also rejected Turkey's attempts to make any demographic changes in Syria through the "safe zone" it seeks to create, stressing that such attempts violate the worldwide law. He did not say Trump ordered troops to leave Syria, but that seemed like the next step in a combat zone growing more unstable by the hour.

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