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U.S.: Senators Draft a Bipartisan Sanctions Bill Targeting Turkey

1 MIN READOct 9, 2019 | 21:55 GMT

What Happened: U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Chris Van Hollen announced a framework for sanctions targeting Turkey on Oct. 9 in response to Turkey's military operation in northeastern Syria. The motion targets the assets of Turkish political leaders including the president, vice president and five ministers; military transactions and assistance; as well as the Turkish energy sector.  

Why It Matters: The bipartisan bill highlights the deepening divide between the U.S. Congress and the White House over how to deal with Turkey. If the sanctions bill were to pass, it would inflict damage on Turkey’s already fragile economy. 

Background: Turkey launched a military offensive in northeastern Syria on Oct. 9 targeting Kurdish militias it considers terrorists. Turkey took the action after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly announced a pullout of U.S. forces from the area.

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