President Trump signs an executive order authorizing sanctions targeting Turkey over its recent, ongoing offensive into northern Syria.
The president signed the order Monday, canceled trade talks involving a $100 billion trade deal, and also spiked steel tariffs back up to 50%.
The White House released a statement saying, “It will enable the United States to impose powerful additional sanctions on those who may be involved in serious human rights abuses, obstructing a ceasefire, preventing displaced persons from returning home, forcibly repatriating refugees, or threatening the peace, security, or stability in Syria.”
The sanctions will target a series of Turkish officials and institutions for the nation’s escalating aggression with Kurdish forces along the Turkish-Syrian border.
The executive order also involves the blocking of property and prohibits certain individuals from entering the United States.
President Trump has made it clear he is prepared to economically destroy Turkey through unprecedented sanctions if it does not cease the ongoing, now week-long operation.
Meanwhile, Russia deployed troops to the region on Tuesday in hopes of acting as a buffer between Kurdish and Turkish forces.
Kurdish forces in northern Syria announced over the weekend they had reached a deal with President Bashar al-Assad’s government in an attempt to mitigate the threat.
The deal was announced late Sunday, and reportedly permits Assad’s government forces to deploy to Kurdish territory to halt the Turkish forces.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other officials, at least nine people had died over the weekend amid Turkish airstrikes in the region.
This comes just days after President Trump announced he would withdraw U.S. forces from the region as he continues his campaign to end the nation’s “endless wars.”
The announcement was last week with a press release saying, “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.”
The press release went on to clarify many of the captured ISIS fighters came from Europe, but the nations they came from including France and Germany, refuse to take them for trials.
In response, the United States has made it clear it will not hold them at the expense of American taxpayers, and from this point forward, Turkey will be responsible for handling it.