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US Republicans Seek Sanctions on Turkey over Syria

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have announced plans to introduce a sanctions bill against Turkey for its offensive in Syria.

Twenty-nine of President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have announced legislation which would impose sanctions on Ankara.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney said Turkey must face “serious consequences for mercilessly attacking our Kurdish allies” in the region.

It comes as President Donald Trump said he hoped to mediate in the conflict.

Turkey moved into northern Syria on Wednesday after the president pulled US troops out of the area.

Critics say the US withdrawal effectively gave Turkey the green light to begin its cross-border assault, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says is to create a “safe zone” running for 480km along the Syrian side of the border.

“President Trump made clear that if Turkey crosses a line in Syria, he would ‘totally obliterate the economy of Turkey’ – and this legislation gives the United States the tools to make good on that promise,” Representative Jodey Arrington wrote.

It comes the day after  Republican Senator Lindsey Graham unveiled a sanction bill, along with Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, for “severe sanctions” against Turkey.

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