Turkey to halt military operation against Kurds in N. Syria, ceasefire will last for 120 hours – US VP Pence
…from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: We will be posting the details of the deal as soon as we get them, but it is a shared victory for all sides, especially for those who were going to die in continued fighting, which we now hope should end.
The Kurds and the SAA can now run down the escaped ISIS people, and concentrate on hunting the remaining pockets. And the SAA can refocus its attention on capturing Idlib, and cranking up the Omar oil fields in Deir Ezzor for badly needed cash.
It’s always a good day with a win for everybody, after all the wasted, mindless killing that has gone on. This could have been worked out before, but poor leadership, especially on the Kurds’ part had them feeling the US was their trump card, pardon the expression.
Trump, of course, will claim all the credit. That’s how he rolls. Erdogan will claim that, if he had not gone in, it would not have gotten done, and the US had failed to earlier make the Kurds pull back and, by force, jointly patrol the border to make sure they stayed out… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … October 17, 2019 –
Turkey has agreed to temporarily halt its military operation against Syria’s Kurdish-led militias, allowing them to withdraw from the country’s border, US Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to Ankara.
“Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria,” Pence said during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The ceasefire between the Turkish military backed by affiliated militants and the Kurdish-led fighters is set to last 120 hours, according to Pence. This time will be spent on the withdrawal of the Kurdish forces from the 20-mile strip along the Syrian border, where Turkey wants to set up a “safe zone.”
The agreed stoppage of hostilities has been described as a “temporary” one. When a “permanent” one comes in place, US President Trump will cancel the executive sanctions against Ankara, the VP explained.
The process of the Kurdish militias’ withdrawal will be “facilitated” by the US, Pence stated without elaborating.