White House Threatens New Turkey Sanctions over Russian Military Aid

With tens of thousands of arrests and sackings since the failed coup 12 months ago Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cemented his grip on power buoyed by an April referendum success

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Turkey remains frustrated with Western countries refusing to back its offensive against the Syrian Kurds.

Turkey's interior ministry said it had also deported a Dane alleged to be an IS member on Monday.

"President Erdogan's calamitous actions in Syria follow a long list of disconcerting steps under his leadership", they wrote, accusing Erdogan of dividing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, harming USA national security and unleashing a humanitarian disaster for Kurds and Syrians.

Recently, Turkey deported a USA citizen who, Ankara claimed, was associated with ISIS, but is now stuck in the heavily militarised no man's land between Greece and Turkey, after Greece refused to take him in.

Footage captured by US surveillance aircraft over northern Syria has documented several incidents that military officials say may constitute war crimes on the part of Turkish-backed forces there, a USA official said.

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France said on Tuesday it will take back 11 suspected French fighters from Turkey.

Although some European countries like Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom have stripped citizenship from their nationals who joined Daesh to prevent their return, Ankara is determined to send even those Daesh suspects who have had their citizenships revoked. Trump's National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said Sunday that economic sanctions could also be imposed over the S-400. "We don't know how.but they promised", he said. "We will do everything possible to prevent returnees with links to IS becoming a threat in Germany".

Asked to comment on the reports, Erdogan said in televised remarks: "Whether they are stuck there at the border it doesn't concern us".

Turkey's president is claiming the Trump administration failed to keep its promise to remove Kurdish YPG militia from the border between Syria and Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump will meet as relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey rebuffing the US and turning toward Russian Federation on security issues and Ankara facing a Washington backlash over attacks on Kurdish civilians during its incursion into Syria last month.

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Despite the letter, Trump's withdrawal of the U.S. soldiers effectively gave fellow-NATO member Turkey a green light for what appears to be an extended occupation of a large swath of Syria.

For Ankara, a long-standing extradition request for US-based Islamic preacher Fetullah Gulen, whom Erdogan blames for a bloody 2016 failed coup bid, and continuing USA relations with the Kurdish YPG militia it views as terrorists, are among top issues. Kobane said that the SDF could not foretell what will happen to these prisoners.

European states are trying to speed up a plan to move thousands of jihadists out of Syrian prisons and into Iraq.

Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney raised another point of contention: the ugly scenes during Erdogan's last Washington visit, in 2017, when his bodyguards beat up protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence. According to global standards, Ankara should repatriate Daesh members who were seized in Turkish territories, while those who were captured in Syria in territories beyond Assad control pose judicial problems. It said there were 813 militants at 12 deportation centres.

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