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Turkey is expected to attack Syria within the next 24 hours, according to a report citing U.S. and Kurdish officials.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's communications director confirmed that the country's military, together
with the Free Syrian Army, will cross the Syrian border 'shortly'.

唐纳德·特朗普 previously warned that he would 'obliterate' the Turkish economy if the country invaded north-east Syria, which is largely held by American-backed Kurdish forces.

However, Washington appears to have subsequently softened its rhetoric, with a U.S Defense Department spokesman yesterday saying American troops were being withdrawn as a result of the anticipated Turkish strike.

The Turkish Defence Ministry said establishment of a safe zone is essential to contribute to stability and peace of the region and for Syrians.

Trump's words came following his decision on Sunday to pull out U.S. forces from northeastern Syria (file photo)
   

The U.S. President threatened to destroy its economy if Ankara takes a planned military strike in Syria too far.

The threat comes even though the U.S. leader himself has opened the door for a Turkish incursion.

Britain has raised concerns over the situation with both the Foreign and Defence Secretaries speaking to their US counterparts.

Foreign Office minister Dr Andrew Murrison said troop movements were a matter for the US.

But SNP foreign affairs spokesman Stephen Gethins accused President Trump of “betrayal” while Labour’s Emily Thornberry said he had “shamed his office”.

UK minister Dr Murrison said military action “must be avoided as it would destabilise the region” and harm efforts to achieve the “enduring defeat of Daesh”.

Speaking in Parliament, former minister Tobias Ellwood warned the situation was a “fundamental change in US foreign policy.”

He added: “These are not soldiers in uniform but radicalised extremists who are committed to pursuing their jihadist agenda.”

Turkish Armed Forces' armoured vehicles carrying Turkish commandos move towards the Syrian border
 

The withdrawal of American troops will leave Kurdish-led forces in Syria vulnerable to Turkish operations.

Ankara has long viewed the Kurdish forces as terrorists.

All preparations for a possible military operation into northeastern Syria are completed, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a Twitter post late on Monday.

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US troops leave their posts in Syria