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Just eight days after announcing that the US was withdrawing from northern Syria so that Turkey could carry out an offensive on Kurdish militias in that territory without endangering the lives of American soldiers, US President Donald Trump, has announced the imposition of trade sanctions on Turkey for precisely carrying out that military operation.
In a statement made public on Monday, Trump has announced that he raises tariffs on Turkish steel imports to 50% , which is the level they were until in May the US president decided to reduce them. The head of the State and the Government of the United States has added that that country will take punitive measures against the "current and past" Turkish senior officials who are taking part in what they have described as "destabilizing actions in northeastern Syria." Trump has added that "I am totally willing to destroy the Turkish economy if Turkish leaders continue along that dangerous and destructive path." The Turkish lira has fallen as a result of the US announcement.
Trump's decision increases confusion about US policy in the conflict. First, the president announced the withdrawal of about two dozen 'green berets' from northeastern Syria, in what was a de facto authorization for Turkey to launch the current offensive against allied Kurdish US militias in the fight against the state Islamic (IS). The US president defended his decision by saying that "the Kurds did not help us in World War II, they did not help us in Normandy, for example."
Afterwards, Trump announced the total withdrawal of the 1,000 US military in Syria . But now the president has declared that a small contingent will remain at the base of Al-Tanf , near that country's border with Jordan and Iraq , and that the remaining military will not return to the US, but will remain in the region in case the IS resurfaces, something that, according to experts, is likely given that the Kurds were the main force that had fought the fundamentalists in northeastern Syria.
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