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BERLIN (Reuters) - A bipartisan bill aimed at leading Turkey will put President Donald Trump on a collision course with angry Republican lawmakers over the decision to abandon US Kurdish allies in northern Syria, Foreign Policy magazine said on Friday.
The magazine said the bill, due to be presented next week as Congress reconvenes, is a major rebuke to the decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria and open the door to Turkish aggression aimed at clearing the region of Kurdish fighters.
The bill's sponsors and political analysts agree that the legislation, if it goes ahead, will likely be passed by a majority against the veto in the House and Senate.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat and co-sponsor of the legislation, which targets Erdogan's personal financial accounts and places punitive restrictions on Turkey's energy and defense sectors, said the aim was to make clear that Ankara would pay a heavy price for its aggression against Syrian Kurds.