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Trump threatens to 'devastate' Turkey's economy if it attacks Kurds

IANS  |  Washington 

US said that would "devastate economically" if the NATO-allied country attacks in the region.

"Starting the long overdue pullout from while hitting the little remaining IS (Islamic State) territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms," the tweeted on Sunday.

"Will devastate economically if they hit Kurds," but followed up in a second tweet, "Likewise, do not want the to provoke "

Turkey views some Kurdish groups in the region as terrorist organisations and make up the majority of US-allied fighters operating in in the civil war against Syrian Bashar al-Assad's regime, reported.

It's a stark threat toward an ally in the region that has partnered with the US in the fight against the IS.

reported on Thursday that the first US has been withdrawn from Syria, according to an with direct knowledge of the operation.

Last week, Turkish President publicly lashed out at US for saying the US withdrawal was contingent upon Ankara's pledge not to attack US-backed Kurdish fighters in once troops leave.



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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 08:42 IST