President Donald Trump removed the sanctions imposed on Turkey on Wednesday 23rd of October 2019, as the Turkish and Russian troops moved in on the US and Kurdish controlled areas. Trump said in his speech in the White House, “Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained land.”
Trump said that a cease-fire was holding in the area as the Turkish troops moved into their objectives. The Kurdish people were not happy with the deal as it allowed Turkey to obtain all it’s objectives without firing a single bullet. However, President Donald Trump said that the Kurdish Commander Mazloum Abidi was ‘extremely thankful’ for USA’s support as it allowed his people to evacuate the area safely.
Turkish forces started their operation on Oct 9, 2019, and said that they wanted to free the area from armed Kurdish terrorists, who had links in Turkey. Donald Trump faced tremendous pressure from both the Republicans and the Democrats for leaving the US allies (Kurds) alone to fight the Turkish army. Trump, then ordered the imposition of sanctions and conveyed a letter to the Turkish President to either halt the operation or US would impose more sanctions, which would destroy the Turkish economy. It was then that Ankara announced a 5-day ceasefire, which ended yesterday.