Russians Move Into US Syrian Base
- Author: Darren Santiago Oct 17, 2019,
Oct 17, 2019, 0:31
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, said Turkey is "going into Syria and wiping out our friends" and "that's shame on us for having taken the decision".
But financial markets shrugged off the announcement, and Trump's critics said the moves were too feeble to have an impact.
US President Donald Trump called for an immediate halt to Turkey's incursion to Syria on Tuesday, as Washington slapped sanctions on Turkish officials. In addition to ISIS being rejuvenated, the incursion has interfered with American efforts to isolate Iranian forces in the region and stop them from bolstering Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, who has been sheltered by top Iranian commanders on the ground.
One of the most important flashpoints is the city of Manbij, west of the Euphrates river, which Turkey has vowed to capture. It has also allowed Moscow to take a more prominent role as an interlocutor among Assad, the former USA -allied Kurds and Turkey.
A resident inside the city said Syrian troops were on its outskirts. The American move effectively abandoned the Kurdish fighters who were allied with the USA and cleared the way for Turkey's invasion aimed at crushing them.
This is Ras al Ain where Turkish backed Syrian opposition fighters and Kurdish militia are engaged in heavy fighting.
Mr Trump has defended his reversal of U.S. policy as part of a plan to withdraw the USA from "endless" wars in the Middle East.
As for the Kurds, whom Trump has been criticised for abandoning, he said, "Syria's friendly with the Kurds".
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I can tell the house, Mr Speaker, on Thursday, 10 October, I spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu and expressed the UK's grave concerns.
The Turkish government wants to create a "safe zone" in the area, where it can resettle up to two million Syrian refugees now in Turkey. The Kurdish administration puts the number of displaced at 270,000.
In an address to his ruling party legislators, Erdogan said Turkey would not be coerced into stopping its offensive or accept offers for a mediation with the Kurdish fighters, which Turkey considers as terrorists. "The European Union - and the world - should support what Turkey is trying to do". The two had previously been on opposing sides of a bloody civil war, and Assad is backed by Russian Federation.
Trump allies insisted Washington had not given its blessing to the Turkish offensive and demanded a ceasefire. Undersecretary of Defense John Rood will head to Ankara from within the region to join national security adviser Robert O'Brien and Jim Jeffrey, the special representative for Syria engagement, for the talks.
During his stay in Turkey, Pence will also voice the conditions for a negotiated settlement, the statement added.
The administration also slapped sanctions on Turkish steel imports and canceled a $100 billion trade deal. "So I think we're in a very strategically good position", Trump said.
Russia's Syria envoy Alexander Lavrentyev has described Turkey's Syria offensive as "unacceptable".
The New York Times is reporting that U.S. State and Energy Department officials have been considering plans to evacuate the approximately 50 tactical nuclear weapons the United States stores at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
"Many countries have had to deal with the conflict's negative side effects, including irregular migration and an uptick in terrorist attacks", Erdogan said in the commentary published Monday.