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U.S. pushes Turkey to back down in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/17/19, 12:54 pm

President Donald Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “don’t be a fool” in a letter urging restraint ahead of Turkey’s invasion in northeastern Syria. The White House confirmed Trump sent the missive on Oct. 9. He told Erdogan he could destroy Turkey’s economy and cautioned him not to act like a “tough guy” but be willing instead to “work out a good deal.”

What’s the latest on the conflict? Turkish troops are pushing ahead with their offensive after Trump withdrew U.S. troops from the region. On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and a U.S. delegation are meeting with Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey, to try to broker a cease-fire. Aid groups are struggling to reach 1.6 million people who already need humanitarian assistance. Hundreds of refugees crossed into Iraq in the past week. The International Rescue Committee and Doctors Without Borders pulled their teams from the region, citing the “highly unpredictable and fast-changing situation.”

Dig deeper: Read Trump’s letter to Erdogan and Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about the geopolitical ramifications of the Turkish offensive in Syria.


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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Sun, 10/20/2019 02:07 pm

    No one is afraid of the U.S. anymore. Why were the Kurds living in that place all this time? They should have moved long ago. 

    After Reagan, we had Bush 1 and Clinton (so what if you blow up our military? China donated to his election campaign so they got to stay in the White House), then Bush 2 the RINO ("we're coming and here's the date" said so many times that the world wondered what kind of military strategy he was using), Obama, his Jr. varsity and giving money to anyone he wanted and Iran, and to Russia, I can be more flexible after I get re-elected). If you ask any snowflakes who said that to Russia they would say Trump.

    I feel bad for Trump because he has been HOUNDED by Dems since before he became Pres. People who don't agree with Dems are haters. While Dems point to Deplorables there are still 3 fingers pointing back at themselves.

    Trump's failure was to trust Obama and his evil minions he left in place to "help" Trump. They probably kept Obama abreast of all that was going on in the White House. Isn't that TREASON? 

    What a mess! I blame the DEMS! 

    AND THE MEDIA for not publishing anything good Trump did.

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