Trump Warns Turkey Not to Harm Kurds After U.S. Quits Syria

Pompeo Says The U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Syria Is Just A 'Tactical Change'

"Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", Trump said on Twitter, suggesting that there would be a 20-mile safe zone around the group after U.S. forces leave.

President Donald Trump's announcement last month that he had made a decision to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops there stunned allies who have joined Washington in the battle against ISIS militants in Syria.

Asked about SDF progress, the spokesman for the USA -led coalition, Colonel Sean Ryan, said: "The SDF is making great progress and continues to liberate more territory once held by ISIS (Islamic State), but the fight continues".

Turkey, however, remains firmly committed to removing what they call a Kurdish "terrorist" threat coming from the Euphrates River valley, and is actively preparing for a possible cross-border operation.

Trump did not detail who would create, enforce or pay for the safe zone, or where it would be located. Erdogan has vowed to crush it in the wake of Trump's decision to pull USA troops out of the region. "They understand that there are squabbles in Washington, but their mission remains, their duties continue and they're executing them".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday sought to reassure Washington's Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS, who fear the departure of American troops would allow Turkey to attack them. "Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms", the President tweeted on Sunday.

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Islamic State militants are "living their final moments" in the last enclave they hold near the Iraqi border, where US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are attacking them, an SDF official said on Sunday.

On Saturday, more than 600 people were evacuated from the remaining Isis holdout in eastern Syria, a monitor said, as US-backed fighters prepared for a final assault on the area.

Ground troops first arrived in autumn 2015 when then-President Barack Obama sent in a small number of special forces to train and advise YPG fighters.

Turkey has said its military offensive against the PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria hinges on its own decision, regardless of anyone's permission.

Several weeks later, national security adviser John Bolton said the withdrawal will have a longer timeline, and will not be undertaken until Kurdish fighters are protected and ISIS is defeated in the war-torn country.

Trump's comments follow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's pledge to take action against the YPG, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization linked to the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) within Turkey.

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