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"Mr @realDonaldTrump It is a fatal mistake to equate Syrian Kurds with the PKK, which is on the USA terrorists list, and its Syria branch PYD/YPG", spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter.

Cavusoglu spoke on the phone Saturday with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Abu Dhabi as part of a regional tour, and they discussed "the steps that need to be taken" in Syria, he said.

Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesperson has taken to Twitter to respond to a recent comment by the U.S. president, who warned Ankara of "economic devastation" should it target US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. Erdogan has vowed to crush it in the wake of Trump's decision to pull US troops out of the region.

The previous week, Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton had announced that Washington would withdraw its troops from Syria only after defeating ISIS and ensuring that the Kurds are safe.

Trump's decision to leave Syria, which he initially said would be rapid but later slowed down, shocked US allies and angered the Kurds in Syria. "Create 20 mile safe zone...."

President Trump shocked allies and faced strong criticism at home last month when he ordered USA forces to immediately begin withdrawing from the approximately 30% of Syria controlled by the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance.

Ankara sees the backbone of that alliance, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), as a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) which has fought a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

Still, an SDF official said on Sunday that IS militants are "living their final moments" in the last enclave they hold near the Iraqi border, where SDF forces are attacking them.

More than 600 people had been evacuated from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group's remaining holdout in eastern Syria, a monitor said, as United States-backed fighters prepare for a final assault on the area.

He said the USA envoy for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, had travelled to northeast Syria this week and would soon go to Ankara for talks, including on moving forward a UN-led political process to end the eight-year long conflict in Syria.

"Russia, Iran, and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long-term USA policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies", he tweeted.

"We also know that those who aren't terrorists, those who were fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well", Pompeo said. "Stop the ENDLESS WARS!" he continued.

An estimated 2,000 civilians remain trapped in the area around the town of Hajin, the United Nations said.

"We stand to lose our way of life, we also stand to lose our property and our livelihood", said Ishak.


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