Trump says United States will hurt Turkey economically if it hits Kurds

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Bahrain on Friday

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Bahrain on Friday

Pompeo also said the withdrawal of US troops from Syria was a "tactical change" and does not alter USA military capacity to counter Daesh and Iran.

Donald Trump has threatened North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey with economic devastation if Ankara attacks the Kurds after the withdrawal of United States troops from Syria. It also prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and drew criticism in Congress. Sen.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that Washington is beginning its pullout of US troops from Syria.

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"Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions", he began.

So far the USA military has only started to move equipment out of Syria. American officials inform that the U.S. aims to pull out all troops from the territory of Syria within the next 60-100 days.

Robertson, in his statement, said the coalition had carried out "logistical measures" to support a withdrawal but did not enter into details.

He suggested that talks between Damascus and the Syrian Kurds could be part of a broader political solution in Syria.

That left the US' Syrian Kurdish allies fearful of an attack by Turkey.

Last week, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said a planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria was conditional on Turkey promising that it would not attack the YPG.

Erdogan rebuffed a proposed meeting with Bolton in Ankara on January 8, then took to live television instead to insult him for a lack of perspective.

Ankara believes that the Syrian Kurds - who have been allies to the U.S.in the fight against ISIS - are linked to groups that are trying to destabilize Turkey.

"We are confident we can achieve an outcome that achieves both of those", Pompeo told journalists in Abu Dhabi.

Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers have called on Trump to not abandon the PYD/YPG as he pulls out of Syria.

Pompeo said Friday that Washington recognized "the Turkish people's right and Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

But, he added, "we also know that those fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well".

Pompeo said his phone call with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu involved several elements of U.S. -Turkey relations, including Syria and the detention of Americans in Turkey.

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained over United States backing for the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey views as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) waging a decades-long insurgency on Turkish soil.

According to the sources, the ministers discussed the latest developments in Syria.

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