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    Donald Trump had earlier refused to participate in Turkey's military operation in northern Syria, but warned that he was willing to destroy Turkey’s economy if Ankara does anything the US president considers "off-limits".

    Vatan ('Patriotic') Party, a Turkish political party, rallied in front of the US Embassy in Ankara in response to US President Donald Trump's threats to "obliterate" Turkey's economy if Ankara did anything "off-limits" in its planned military incursion in northern Syria. 

    On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara will launch a military operation in Syria in the coming days to clear the border area from "terrorists", establish a safe zone and ensure the safe return of millions of refugees currently living in Turkey.

    The White House, for its part, said late on Sunday that US forces would not support the Turkish military campaign and would withdraw from the area.

    In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the Patriotic Party was called the Workers' Party and had Maoist and socialist leanings. In the 2000s, however, its ideology shifted towards left-wing nationalism, which culminated in its rebranding in 2015. The Patriotic Party opposes the Kurdish peace process and has no representatives in Turkey's National Assembly.

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