Washington, Oct 8: Sending mixed signals to Turkey,President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the US has not “abandoned” its Kurdish allies inside Syria.
“We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters,” Trump tweeted.
This statement has been issued following Trump’s decision to remove US troops from a crucial area of the Turkey-Syria border, seemingly giving a green light for Turkey to conduct long-planned operations inside Syria against its Kurdish foes.
“So many people conveniently forget that Turkey is a big trading partner of the United States,” he said in another tweet.
Kurdish groups have fought alongside US forces against the Islamic State movement in Syria.
On Monday, Trump said he would “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if it took action in Syria that he considered “off-limits” following his decision on Sunday to pull out U.S. forces from northeastern Syria.
Trump did not say he opposed any operation by Turkey against the Kurds, but warned that “unforced or unnecessary fighting” would prompt “devastating” consequences for the country’s economy.