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U.S. Is ‘Fully Prepared’ For Military Action Against Turkey If Needed: Pompeo

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U.S. Is 'Fully Prepared' For Military Action Against Turkey If Needed: Pompeo

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump is “fully prepared” to take a military action against Turkey in Syria if necessary.

“We prefer peace to war… But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action,” Pompeo told CNBC’s Wilfred Frost in a taped interview.

Earlier in Octiber the US launched  a withdrawal of up to 1,000 troops from northern Syria as Turkish troops advanced against US-backed Kurdish militias in the area – more widely known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“We jointly took down the threat of the Caliphate of ISIS,” Pompeo said. “It was to the benefit of the SDF, it was to the benefit of the United States of America, and indeed, to the benefit of the world. The commitment that we made to work alongside them we completely fulfilled.”

Ankara calls the SDF a terrorist group, and is unhappy that the US has supplied it with weapons and equipment.

The Turkish military operation and the US withdrawal pushed the SDF to reach a protection deal with the Assad government. Probably, this particular ‘unexpected’ development make the Trump administration upset. Now, the US is attempting to resuce the crumbling influence in the war-torn country.

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