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President Trump Orders Turkey Sanctions As Syrian Tensions Increase

Mr Trump also confirmed US troops who are being withdrawn from northern Syria will now "redeploy and remain in the region".

Donald Trump on board USS Wasp in Japan with troops behind

US President Donald Trump has issued a statement regarding Turkish action in north-east Syria (Picture: US Navy).

US President Donald Trump has issued a statement, declaring that economic sanctions will be imposed on Turkey.

It follows the NATO member's military offensive in northern Syria.

Turkish artillery is now reported to have targetted Syrian Kurdish positions near the northeastern Syrian border town of Ras al Aynof Syria, claiming they have captured the area after at least one airstrike was used.

Turkey's air and ground assault on the Kurdish forces in the area followed the evacuation of US troops from the northeast, which was expanded to a full-scale withdrawal from the northern region.

The statement from Washington detailed plans for frozen trade negotiations on a "$100 billion trade deal with Turkey", alongside an increase of steel tariffs back to 50%.

Mr Trump also confirmed US troops who are being withdrawn from northern Syria will now "redeploy and remain in the region" of the former territorial IS caliphate.

The Turkish military offensive into Syria has reached its seventh day (Picture: PA).

Recently, a former US military chief warned of a possible resurgence of so-called Islamic State (IS), in the absence of American forces.

Upon initial announcements to withdraw from the northeast, leaving behind the Kurdish forces who had fought alongside them against IS, Trump had warned Turkey not to act in a way the US would consider inhumane.

Despite threats to "obliterate" the Turkish economy, leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan commenced a cross-border military offensive last week. In the recent statement, Mr Trump announced:

"I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path."

Smoke rises from the Syrian city of Ras al Ain following an attack from Turkey 101019 CREDIT PA
Smoke rises from Syrian city of Ras al Ain following an attack from Turkey (Picture: PA)

The statement warned against Turkey jeopardising the "gains" made in combating IS, after hundreds of those supporting the group escaped imprisonment over the weekend.

The US President also listed the desired outcomes of events in Syria, including a ceasefire, warning those who obstruct efforts: "This Order will enable the United States to impose powerful additional sanctions on those who may be involved in serious human rights abuses, obstructing a ceasefire, preventing displaced persons from returning home, forcibly repatriating refugees, or threatening the peace, security or stability in Syria."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss matters in Syria, and NATO ally, Turkey.