A Syrian army soldier is seen in the town of Tel Tamer in northeast Syria, in this handout released by SANA on October 14, 2019. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

US impose sanctions on Turkey and call for ceasefire

US President Donald Trump on Monday put sanctions on Turkey over their offensive incursion in northern Syria and called for immediate ceasefire.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s onslaught in northern Syria which has majority of Kurdish ethnic and religious minorities began last Wednesday in Turkish’s stated aim to carve out a ‘safer zone’ for Syrian refugees being hosted by Turkey.

The cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters took place after US President Donald Trump withdrew some US troops from the region. The decision has been met with many criticisms since, some fellow republicans accusing him of abandoning allies who had fought together with US forces against Islamic State Militants.

His sanctions announcement against Ankara over its military operation in northern Syria includes of halting negotiation on a $100 Billion trade deal with Turkey and raising steel tariff back up upto 50 percent. Furthermore, he has imposed sanctions on three senior Turkish officials, freezing their assets in the United States and banning US or US-related transactions with them.

He said in the announcement that he was “fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path.” Turkish Military offensive was “endangering civilians and threatening peace, security and stability in the region”, he added.

Trump said that he would send the Vice President and his national advisor to Ankara to hold a negotiation with the Turkish President as soon as possible.

Turkish President in a direct talk to Trump said that he would not attack on the border tower of Kobane, informed US President Mike Pence.

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