turkey responds
October 8, 2019

It's tough to tell if President Trump's tweets reverberated in Ankara.

A day after Trump vowed Monday to "obliterate" the Turkish economy should Turkey's planned military invasion of northern Syria (which the White House appeared to have greenlit) result in anything he considers "off limits," Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay said Ankara would "not react to threats." Instead, he said, "when it comes to the security of Turkey, as always, our president emphasized Turkey will determine its own path."

Still, while Turkey's military operation appears to be imminent with battle plans drawn and troops heading to the Syrian border, there reportedly have not been any signs that forces are moving forward, casting some doubt that they'll completely ignore international reactions — which include calls to continue to supporting Kurdish forces in the region — to the plans.

Sabah, a Turkish newspaper aligned with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, published a report Tuesday that said Turkish armed forces would wait for the U.S. troops to fully withdraw from the region before beginning the operation, which it describes as "humanitarian work to bring back locals to the area." Read more at The Washington Post. Tim O'Donnell

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