Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- US President Donald Trump announced today that the United States is going to impose «powerful sanctions» against Turkey, after the Turkish incursion on the Syrian border takes effect following the withdrawal of American troops.» I’m negotiating with (Respublic Senator) Lindsey Graham and many members of Congress, including Democrats, have yet to impose powerful sanctions on Turkey. The Treasury is ready. (…) There’s a lot of consensus on this,» Trump warned on his Twitter account.
The announcement of these future sanctions, of which Trump gave no further detail, came after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper hinted that some of the actions of Turkish forces in their foray into northern Syria, begun when Washington ordered the withdrawal of his troops in that area, «appearing to be» war crimes.» They seem to be,» Esper replied when asked on CBS’ Sunday show «Face the Nation» about whether some of Turkey’s conduct against Kurdish forces can be catalogued as a war crime, including group executions of captives Kurds.
It’s a very terrible situation there, a situation caused by the Turks. Despite our opposition, they decided to make this raid, defended the Pentagon chief.
Syria. Photo: AP
For his part, US President Donald Trump considered his decision to withdraw his country’s troops from the conflict zone, which has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress as a «betrayal» of its Kurdish allies, it was «very smart.» Very clever not to participate in the intense fighting along the Turkish border. Those who mistakenly got us into the wars in the Middle East are still pushing to fight. They have no idea what a bad decision they made. Why don’t they call for a declaration of war?» noted Trump in Twitter.In this sense, Esper argued that the US executive is doing «what is in the interest of (military) service members so as not to endanger them.» The Turkish Army began the invasion of northern Syria on the 9th, after the United States, an ally of the Kurds in the war against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) announced its withdrawal from the area in the face of the imminence of the operation, which has been considered as a «betrayal» by the Syrian Democratic Forces (FSD), who lead the Kurds.