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Trump Accused of Using ‘Language of Ethnic Cleansing’ to Describe Turkey’s Syria Offensive



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Donald Trump has been accused of employing “the language of ethnic cleansing” over remarks he made about Turkey‘s invasion of northern Syria.
Democrats described as “chilling” the way Mr Trump set out his backing of Ankara’s violent creation of a “safe zone” in Syria, which was triggered by the president’s own actions.
“They had to have it cleaned out,” Mr Trump said of Turkey’s offensive to expel Kurdish fighters and their families from the area. Ankara launched its incursion against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) a week ago, days after the Republican announced he was withdrawing American troops from the area. The SDF had been US allies in the fight against Isis.

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