Trump's extraordinary letter to Turkey's Erdogan

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"I know we all want to get out of wars and we don't want to be in wars".

The president also said that the Kurds are "not angels".

He called on European and other members of the coalition fighting the IS in Syria to regroup as the United States appeared to abdicate its leadership role in the region.

Erdogan said he will only decide on visiting Washington after the US delegation talks.

They added that American troops sabotaged and bombed a base at the Lafarge Cement Factory before leaving, to prevent its future use.

Trump's letter told the Turkish leader: "I have worked hard to solve some of your problems".

"The president gave [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan the green light to charge into northern Syria - unleashing what has become a brutal campaign of violence against the Syrian Kurds", Engel said on the House floor before the vote. "Don't be a fool!"

"You don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy - and I will", the letter continued.

Ankara sees the YPG militia as an extension of the PKK. This was meant to put Syrian Army forces in defense of the area, while Kurdish fighters defend further east.

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Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan received Donald Trump's letter, "thoroughly rejected it and put it in the bin", the BBC is reporting.

Asked about the letter, a Turkish official told Reuters: "The letter Trump sent did not have the impact he expected in Turkey because it had nothing to take seriously".

Many criticized the decision because they believe it opened the door to the resurgence of ISIS, though others defended it as the best way avoid USA service members being caught in the crossfire between Turkish and Kurdish troops.

However, a USA official familiar with planning for the withdrawal of the approximately 1000 troops in northeastern Syria said that while the soldiers are consolidating onto two main bases, they have not yet begun flying out of Syria in significant numbers.

Ankara has vowed to continue its offensive, and has refused to negotiate with Kurdish fighters.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is committed to ensuring security in the region as it works to mediate between the Syrian government and Turkey.

Whereas, according to Erdogan the operation will not cease unless the region is cleared of terrorists.

The call was initiated by Turkey, the Kremlin said.

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