Ankara to respond 'tit-for-tat' to possible United States sanctions

Cheryl Sanders
October 14, 2019

Earlier Friday, Army Gen. Mark Milley, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Turkish forces should know what areas to avoid bombing in their offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria because they know where all of the roughly 1,000 USA troops in the area are located.

It called on the UN Security Council to intervene and force Turkey to stop its military operations.

USA troops at a military outpost in northeast Syria came under artillery fire from Turkish positions, as Ankara's forces pressed on with their offensive against US -allied Syrian Kurdish fighters.

President Erdogan says he wants to create a "safe zone" in northern Syria free of Kurdish militias which could also be home to Syrian refugees.

The Kurdish-led force said 22 of its fighters were killed since Wednesday. Lindsey Graham of SC, who declared that "the ability to recruit partners to fight radical Islam in the future has been virtually destroyed". France proposed economic sanctions on Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, while Sweden's parliament demanded an European Union arms embargo. Republicans in the House of Representatives have vowed to do the same.


A senior Turkish official in Washington suggested that the U.S. mediation offer would not be welcomed in Ankara due to Turkey's opposition to negotiating with terrorists. "We retain the right of self-defense", Milley said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Trump had authorised - but not yet activated - "very significant new sanctions" to dissuade Turkey from further offensive military action.

Gunfire could also be heard inside the town, said a Reuters journalist in Ceylanpinar, on the Turkish side of the border. And they say US forces have not withdrawn from Kobani, this area of Syria.

Turkish forces pressed ahead on Friday, battling to seize towns on the third day of the operation that has forced 100,000 civilians to flee. Although US troops had no intention of firing on Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the Pentagon noted they had the right to defend themselves. "We will not step back". We enjoyed good relations with Russian Federation and regional countries. "But the relationship is a battlefield relationship only", Kimmett told Al Jazeera.

"To be clear, we are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces, and United States troops remain with them in other parts of Syria".


"Is it all simply because we are Kurds?". "We have not abandoned them".

Esper announced that the USA was sending 3,000 troops to Saudi Arabia, composed of two squadrons of fighter aircraft, three missile defense batteries and other units. It is the first time a coalition base was in the line of fire since Turkey's offensive began.

People gather after a auto bomb exploded in the town of Qamishli, Syria.

The Kurds, who recaptured swathes of northeastern Syria from Islamic State with the backing of the United States, say the Turkish assault could allow the jihadist group to re-emerge as some of its followers were escaping from prisons.

Earlier Friday, the U.S. warned that Ankara could face "powerful sanctions" if its operations target civilians. Turkey has said the military intends to move 9 miles into Syria and that its operation will last until all "terrorists are neutralized".


Tim Constantine, a conservative talk show host in Washington, DC, said Trump's "seemingly inconsistent" positions on the Kurdish issue may have put the president "into a tight corner. that if he reversed himself or does nothing he will continue to have criticism against him".

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