Trump gave the nod and Turkey took the option. Sticks and stones break boned Trump now words will allow death to happen (ODT)
- US warns of devastating sanctions against Turkey, “great harm” to ties
- Kurds say nearly 200,000 people have been displaced
- Iran offers to mediate between Kurds, Syrian regime and Turkey
via Turkey captures border town as US calls for end to offensive against Kurds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
While Europe has scant influence over what happens next, the US has plenty – but seems determined to throw it away. Despite denials, it is clear from the White House statement issued on 6 October that Donald Trump rashly agreed to Erdoğan’s invasion, without consulting his allies, and facilitated it by withdrawing ground forces.
It was a disastrous decision the US is belatedly scrambling to correct. Betraying the Kurds, comrades-in-arms in the fight against Isis, was bad enough. Appearing to abandon Syria to Russia and Iran, America’s rivals and the main backers of Bashar al-Assad’s criminal Damascus regime, was a big strategic own goal, capping eight years of post-Arab spring US policy failures.
via Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals | World news | The Guardian