On Monday, President Donald Trump warned Turkey against “going too far” in Syria, one day after giving Ankara a green light to invade its southern neighbor. The Pentagon pulled back about two dozen of its forces from Syria’s northern frontier, where they serve as a buffer between the Turkish military and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, after Trump’s surprise announcement late Sunday that US forces “will no longer be in the immediate area.”
However amid outcry from the region and strong opposition from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, Trump appeared to reverse himself, though without drawing any specific red lines that might protect Kurdish allies.
“If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!),” Trump tweeted.
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