Less than a day after threatening to "obliterate" Turkey's economy if it does anything "off limits" in northern Syria against the Kurds, Donald Trump said that Ankara is actually a great trading partner and a trusted North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.
Turkey was also accused of forcing demographic change in Afrin by allowing Syrian Arab refugees to move into Kurdish areas after it pushed the YPG out.
It also risks creating a new wave of displacement in an area that is home to hundreds of thousands of people, many of them already displaced by previous bouts of fighting.
The move would clear the way for an expected Turkish assault and essentially abandon Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces to defeat the Islamic State.
Trump did not say he opposed any operation by Turkey against the SDF/ YPG militants but repeated his warning that "unforced or unnecessary fighting" would prompt "devastating" consequences for the country's economy.
US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to "totally destroy and obliterate" the Turkish economy if Turkey took any action he considered "off-limits" following his decision to withdraw American forces from northeastern Syria.
He added that the US relationship with Turkey "has been very good" and that "unnecessary" fighting by the trade partner and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally would hurt its economy.
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The animal plowed into the front door of the business, smashing more glass and escaping. I couldn't even imagine this happening. "It was bleeding all over the place".
"Where Turkey's security is concerned, we determine our own path but we set our own limits", Oktay said.
Erdogan sees the Kurds as terrorists and a threat along Turkey's southern border and is planning to invade the region, though President Trump vowed Monday to "ruin the economy of Turkey" if Erdogan goes too far.
The Trump administration announced late Sunday that US forces in northeastern Syria would step aside for what it called an imminent Turkish invasion. Ankara says its campaign against terrorists is meant to establish a peace corridor to resettle millions of displaced Syrians. After the emergence of the Islamic State group, the USA chose the Kurdish fighters to partner with on the ground.
Another key reason Turkey wants to weaken Kurdish control of northern Syria is its experience with another Kurdish-governed region in neighbouring Iraq.
In 2016 when Ankara launched an offensive against the Islamic State group west of the Euphrates river, Syrian government forces captured rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest and once commercial center.
Trump defended his latest decision, acknowledging in tweets that "the Kurds fought with us" but adding that they "were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so".