Renewed pressure on the currency and attempts to stabilise it could further endanger Turkey's lean foreign currency reserves, leaving the country potentially with little room to defend the lira if sanctions tightened.
The fireworks erupted as Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Robert C. O’Brien, the president’s new national security adviser, left for Turkey in an effort to persuade President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to agree to a cease-fire in Syria.
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"They say 'declare a ceasefire'. We will never declare a ceasefire," Erdogan said. "They are pressuring us to stop the operation. They are announcing sanctions. Our goal is clear. We are not worried about any sanctions," he said.
Trump, under mounting political pressure to retreat from his earlier suggestions that the United States should remain uninvolved, also said he was halting negotiations over a $100 billion trade deal and doubling tariffs on imports of Turkish steel.
There has been fierce international criticism of the assault and concern about its humanitarian consequences. The Syrian Kurdish-led administration said nearly 200,000 people have been displaced as a result of the offensive.
According to the Kurdish Red Crescent, 44 civilians were killed and 171 wounded since the attack began on Oct. 9. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human puts the death toll higher, saying 86 people have been killed, including 21 children.
Turkey is shelling Kurdish militia in Syria, but it has ruled out any unilateral ground intervention there. It comes as Russia asked the UN Security Council on Friday to call for Syria’s sovereignty to be respected – over concerns about a Turkish ground operation. “Turkey will not be going into Syria with the boots on […]
Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq overnight, hours after a suicide car bomb attack targeting military buses killed 28 soldiers and civilians in the Turkish capital Ankara, security sources said on Thursday. A car laden with explosives detonated next to the military buses as they waited at traffic lights near Turkey’s armed […]
Ankara, Feb 18 (ANI): A car bomb blast killed at least 28 people in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday night. Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the explosion, which targeted an army convoy, injured at least 61 people.Noury, a local resident was only 300 meters away from the explosion site when the bomb went off, having driven past just 20 seconds earlier. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack, vowing to take military action against the perpetrators and their supporters. The Turkish army has been shelling Kurdish forces in Syria for days. Turkey sees those forces as an offshoot of its arch foe the Kurdistan Workers' Party.
As Syrians continue to pour out of the battered city of Aleppo aid agencies are delivering much needed supplies to those fleeing the carnage. Tens of thousands have congregated on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey in the hope they can enter the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants more from the […]
Injured Syrian refugees were being treated at the Blue Crescent Humanitarian Aid Foundation hospital at the Turkish-Syria border town of Kilis, Tuesday. The Kilis clinic of the International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation was opened in 2013 with 32 beds. The clinic currently has 47 beds, all of which are full with victims from […]
Thousands have died trying to reach Europe. On Monday, at least 27 more migrants and refugees drowned in their attempt. Among the dead were 11 children – all killed when their boat sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast as they headed for the Greek island of Lesbos. The desperate journey to safety is not doomed for […]
Hundreds more Syrian refugees arrived at the Turkish border, as evening fell on Monday. They joined tens of thousands of people already gathered at the Bab Al-Salam-Oncupinar crossing, although the border gate remained closed. Last week, some 35,000 people fled the escalating Syrian government offensive in the Aleppo area, arriving at Bab-Salam to cross into […]