US House Republicans to Seek Sanctions on Turkey Over Kurd Offensive

WASHINGTON—Twenty-nine of President Donald Trumps fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Oct. 10 they would introduce legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey, underscoring lawmakers unhappiness about its assault on Kurdish forces in Syria.

Shortly after the Turkish operation inside Syria had started,a convoy of Turkish forces vehicles is driven through the town of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border between Turkey and Syria, on Oct. 9, 2019. Turkey launched a military operation Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces pulled back from the area, with a series of airstrikes hitting a town on Syrias northern border.(Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo)

A day after Republicans and Democrats announced similar legislation in the Senate, the lawmakers—including Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, and other party leaders—said they wanted a strong response to Ankaras aggression.

“President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan and his regime must face serious consequences for mercilessly attacking our Kurdish allies in northern Syria,” Republican Representative Liz Cheney, chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear how the legislation would fare in the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats.

On Sunday, Trump said he was withdrawing U.S. forces from northeastern Syria, clearing the way for Turkey to launch an assault across the border.

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