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Pence Announces Turkey Agreed to a Ceasefire in Syria so U.S., Kurdish Forces Can Leave

Pence Announces Turkey Agreed to a Ceasefire in Syria so U.S., Kurdish Forces Can Leave

The ceasefire will last for 120 hours.

Vice President Mike Pence announced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria.

The two men, along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, met for over five hours to discuss the situation.

From CNBC:

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the United States and Turkey had agreed on a Turkish cease-fire in Syria, days after the country’s forces launched an offensive in northern Syria.

“Let me say this also includes an agreement by Turkey to engage in no military action against the community of Kobani,” Pence said. “And, in addition, the United States and Turkey have both mutually committed to a peaceful resolution and future for the safe zone, working on an international basis to ensure that peace and security defines this border region with Syria.”

The ceasefire will last for 120 hours. This will allow American and Kurdish forces to leave “from a designated safe zone at the country’s border.”

In return, Turkey will not face new sanctions from the U.S. Once the ceasefire becomes permanent, America will “revoke all economic punishments.”

Trump made the decision to pull out our troops from Syria ten days ago, which allowed Turkey to begin an offensive. This left the Kurds unprotected.

I blogged on that day that Erdogan does not keep his hatred of Kurds a secret from anyone. He considers the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian Kurds helping to defeat ISIS, “as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged an insurgency against Turkey for 35 years.”

Many nations, including America, have listed PKK as a terrorist group. Turkey declared YPG a terrorist group in 2018.

YPG changed its name to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) back in 2017. Special Operations Command Head U.S. Army General Raymond Thomas encouraged the group to do this due to Turkish concerns that YPG has a connection to PKK.

SDF swore it would do anything to protect itself if Turkey attacks the group.


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Kinda funny to watch the progs who have been screeching “No Blood for Oil! Get the US out of the Middle East!” for so long suddenly go all jingoistic and start rattling sabers.

TDS will make a person do and say some crazy things; the cognitive dissonance must be unbearable. Hell, it just killed that corrupt swap critter from Baltimore.

    Mark in reply to Paul. | October 17, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Precisely. Donald Trump hasn’t learned. In order to get the wall built, he needs to say that he DOESN’T want it built.

      Tom Servo in reply to Mark. | October 17, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Trump broke the anti-war movement. For the first time in 50 years – for the first time ever!!!! – Trump broke them!

    DaveInMA in reply to Paul. | October 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    But they’re artisanal sabers made using renewable energy and locally-sourced steel from sustainable, environmentally-friendly mining.

In the meantime, I’m still awaiting the genocide predicted by all the talking heads and swamp. It’s been how many days already? It’s always the people in air conditioned offices that want to go to war.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mark. | October 17, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Perhaps the MSM, Media are so obsessed with that because they see their own coming hard and fast on top of them NOW!

UnCivilServant | October 17, 2019 at 2:05 pm

Erdogan does not look too happy in that picture.

We have 50+ US nukes in Turkey. They should be removed and kept with a more trusting “ally” …. like Poland for one.

Erdogan is very bad news.

One of the first news reports I read this morning was that Erdogan would not be meeting with Pence and Pompeo. Now it’s reported that they cut a deal. Impossible to figure out what to believe.

    Apparently they talked for four hours. Not sure if that was all Pence and Erdogan, but it was not just a photo opportunity.

      Tom Servo in reply to EBL. | October 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      And this is all about a strip of nominally Syrian land about 15 – 20 miles wide along the Turkish board, that in fact has been a pure no-man’s land for at least a decade. Kurds have no more “right” to it than anyone does, in fact the Syrian Govm’t has a better claim than anyone.

      but you could not find One Single American who could care less about what happens on the miserable little patch of land, or which band of miscreants and thugs is in charge of it.

Trump’s Dallas Rally tonight is going to be spectacular. I can’t wait until I hear his version of this meeting, and the one yesterday he had with Nancy. I am going to have to pop extra popcorn.

Hurray We can now Impeach Pence! It’s collusion, I tell you, and quid pro quo, Turkey either had to agree or else Sanctions. Please forward this comment to Speaker Pullousekey.

There’s an old British song from World War Two that goes, ‘Run, rabbit, run rabbit, run run run…’ But that was directed at Hitler while we were fighting him, & indeed made him Run in the Battle of Britain, North Africa, Normandy & elsewhere. Putin, Assad & ISIS have every right to adopt that song against the USA right now. & For how long in the future? Once you start running it’s far harder to stop than if you hadn’t. The bleating of the lamb Excites the tiger! By the time you Have to turn, shall you have become a worm..?

    Petrushka in reply to Iain Sanders. | October 17, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Those folks hadn’t met Trump. It took Trump about five minutes to bring Gonetomorrow to the negotiating table.

    Now Turkey, Russia, Syria and Iran can enjoy their own little Vietnam.

    Laim sanders, fitting name for an idiotic fool.

    Get you a plane ticket and go fight the war yourself.

pelosi and schumer more than likely planned to storm out of the meeting and run to the cameras. If so, they played themselves. Cease fire in Turkey accomplished without them. Instead of participating in a meeting to improve the world, they ran out and yelled “Orange man bad!” nancy and chuck are using the 20th century political playbook. Meanwhile PDJT is using his acumen and negotiating skills built up over a lifetime of business deals.

    Close The Fed in reply to CKYoung. | October 17, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    So true. I thought he would, but he’s doing it even better than I expected. If the dems weren’t insane, he could even do a deal with them.

..and one could search every grain of sand with a microscope and not find a single US Interest on any of them.

The Friendly Grizzly | October 17, 2019 at 6:22 pm

Now, Afghanistan?

This will allow American and Kurdish forces to leave
And why should the Kurds agree to this? That area is part of their home in Syria.

I don’t think that’s enough reason for us to stay and play “Tripwrire, 2d edition”. But let’s be honest about what we’re doing.

    Barry in reply to GWB. | October 18, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    “And why should the Kurds agree to this?”

    They don’t get to agree, they have an opportunity to leave or stay and be annihilated.

    “That area is part of their home in Syria.”
    “Home” is something you can defend, otherwise it belongs to someone else.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 18, 2019 at 1:12 pm

Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
1h1 hour ago (Oct. 18th 12:00 noon EST)

….I have just been notified that some European Nations are now willing, for the first time, to take the ISIS Fighters that came from their nations. This is good news, but should have been done after WE captured them. Anyway, big progress being made!!!!