Last updated on October 25, 2019
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he had been lifting US sanctions on Turkey following the latter advised his government it had been creating the ceasefire with Syria”permanent”.
The sanctions were declared by the USA on October 14 after Turkey invaded regions held by Syrian Kurds in northeastern Syria, which had followed Trump’s withdrawal of American troops deployed in the region, where he was widely criticized at home by both allies and critics.
Making the statement from the White House,” Trump said that using this phrase”permanent” is suspicious in the area and he will hold to it before something occurs that”we aren’t pleased with”, he didn’t specify.
The ceasefire would impact a swathe of land 20 miles wide on the Syria-Turkey boundary — now referred to as the”secure zone” — that was held by Syrian Kurds, allies of United States in the struggle against the Islamic States. Turkey and Russia, who started jointly patrolling the region a week, will dominate this land today.
He’s said his contentious decision to leave the area — and intends to depart Afghanistan — to his election promise of ending”endless wars” and bringing home American troops. A number of those US forces withdrew from such regions formerly held by Kurds, will remain in the area to safeguard oil wells, ” he explained.
Trump explained the Wednesday advancement as a”Big victory on the Turkey/Syria border” Ceasefire has repeatedly held and fight missions have finished. Kurds are secure and have worked well with us. Captured ISIS inmates procured.”
However, he later conceded”several got out, a little number, the couple”.