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Turkey and Kurds agree to Syria truce; Trump: ‘A great day for civilization’


The Times of Israel

Turkey and Kurds agree to Syria truce; Trump: ‘A great day for civilization’

Deal, which will see US remove sanctions from Ankara, appears to give Erdogan all he sought to achieve with offensive

By Agencies and TOI staff   

The US, Turkey and Kurdish forces agreed Thursday to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks’ attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria to allow the Kurds to withdraw to roughly 20 miles away from the Turkish border. The arrangement appeared to be a significant embrace of Turkey’s position in the weeklong conflict.

After more than four hours of negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pence said the purpose of his high-level mission was to end the bloodshed caused by Turkey’s invasion of Syria, and remained silent on whether the agreement amounted to another abandonment of the US’s former Kurdish allies in the fight against the Islamic State.

Turkish troops and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters launched their offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria a week ago, two days after President Donald Trump suddenly announced he was withdrawing the US from the area.

Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/pence-says-turkey-agreed-to-syria-truce-trump-a-great-day-for-civilization/