Military Leader Of Syrian Kurds Thanks President Trump For Ceasefire – Trump Removes Turkish Sanctions

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President Trump announced today that Turkey has agreed to a permanent ceasefire in northern Syria. The United States will lift all sanctions imposed on Turkey in response to its two-week incursion into its southern neighbor’s territory. “We’re achieving a much more peaceful and stable area between Turkey and Syria,” he said. He noted that “you would also define the word ‘permanent’ in that part of the world somewhat questionable, we all understand that.”

After the announcement, General Mazloum Abdi, the military leader of the Syrian Kurds, thanked President Trump via Twitter for his efforts in stopping a Turkish offensive and negotiating a ceasefire. He leads the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and issued his statement shortly after the president announced the U.S. was lifting economic sanctions on Turkey in return for its commitment to a “permanent” ceasefire. I was actually surprised by the Kurds thanking Trump and I’ll be just as surprised if the ceasefire holds.

From Breitbart:

“That commitment had been announced the day before when Russia and Turkey agreed to joint patrols within 10 km of the Syria-Turkey border, and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) agreed to withdraw 30 km south of the border.

“General Mazloum’s statement was announced via Twitter by Mustafa Bali, a spokesperson for the SDF.

“Trump hailed the new arrangement on Wednesday, declaring that the U.S. was “willing to take blame and we’re also willing to take credit” for the new cease-fire.

“We are achieving a much more peaceful and stable area between turkey and syria, including a 20-mile wide safe zone,” he said.

“The president added: “Turkey, Syria, and all forms of the Kurds have been fighting for centuries. we have done them a great service and we have done a great job for all of them. And now we’re getting out. … Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand.”

“He added that he had spoken with General Mazloum, who thanked him and assured him that members of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) would remain in prison.

“The new arrangement had been accomplished, Trump noted, “without spilling American blood.

“After all of the precious blood and treasure America has poured into the deserts of the Middle East, I am committed to pursuing a different course, one that leads to victory for America,” he said.”

This is yet another kept campaign promise from President Trump and should surprise no one. If the ceasefire holds it will be a monumental accomplishment by Trump, not that the left or the media will ever recognize him for it. And Trump will slap Turkey with sanctions once again if they don’t live up to their end of the bargain here.

Trump said that he heard on Wednesday morning that the ceasefire would begin. “Earlier this morning, the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria and making the ceasefire permanent,” he said. He stated that a small number of troops will remain in Syria to protect oil interests so they don’t fall into the hands of terrorists. “We’ll be deciding what we’re going to do with it in the future,” he said.

Under a 10-point deal worked out by leaders, Russia and Turkey will give Kurdish fighters 150 hours starting at noon Wednesday to withdraw from the border. Russian and Syrian forces would then move into the area to ensure Kurdish fighters move at least 20 miles back from the border. After 150 hours, a joint Russian-Turkish patrol would begin along a six-mile-wide demilitarized zone on the border of Turkey and Syria.

Turkey invaded northern Syria on Oct. 9th to drive away from the border the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), a 70,000-strong military force that Ankara considers an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a terrorist group that has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey. In a 2018 report, then-U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats called the YPG the “Syrian militia of the” PKK.

From The Epoch Times:

“The United States, which has since 2014 supported the YPG’s fight against the ISIS terrorist group, only had several dozen troops in the border area. Trump announced he would withdraw them two days before the Turks moved in.

“Turkey’s stated goal was to set up a 20-mile-wide and 250-mile-long strip east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria along the Turkish border as a “safe zone” to resettle 1 million to 2 million of the approximately 3.6 million Syrian refugees who fled to Turkey to escape the Syrian civil war.

“Yet the YPG-led coalition, called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), responded by making a deal with their previous enemy, the Russian-backed Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, head of the ruling Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, to help defend the border.

“Facing tough resistance from the Assad forces fighting alongside the SDF, Turkey was only able to capture some parts of the “safe zone” in a 60-mile strip between border towns Tell Abiad and Sari Kani, an area from which the YPG was already withdrawing as part of an Aug. 8 U.S.–Turkey agreement meant to hold off an imminent Turkish invasion, according to the Rojava Information Center (RIC), a group of volunteers monitoring the situation in northern Syria.

“The incursion led to the escape of at least seven ISIS terrorists and up to several hundred ISIS-linked individuals, according to the RIC. Turkish artillery seemed to target the ISIS detention facilities which led to the escapes, RIC researcher Robin Fleming previously told The Epoch Times in an email.

“The relatively small number of ISIS prisoners who escaped due to the incursion has been “largely recaptured,” Trump said.”

More:

“While the SDF has yet to respond to the deal, Trump said he spoke to SDF commander Gen. Mazlum Abdi and expects him to issue a statement.

“He was extremely thankful for what the United States has done,” Trump said.

“The general assured him that ISIS prisoners remain secured, he said.

“It’s now up to Turkey, Syria, and others in the region to prevent an ISIS resurgence, Trump said. “It’s their neighborhood. They have to maintain it, they have to take care of it.”

“Abdi said on Oct. 23 that Trump had promised to maintain long-term support for the Kurdish-led forces, who have controlled large swaths of northeastern Syria.

“During the night on Oct. 23, Turkey’s defense ministry said the United States had told Ankara the YPG had completed its withdrawal from the area of Turkey’s military offensive.

“There was no need to initiate another operation outside the current area of operation at this stage, the ministry said, effectively ending the offensive.

“Russian military police arrived in the strategic Syrian city of Kobani on Oct. 23.”

Russian spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, according to Russian newswires, that if the Kurds do not complete their withdrawal by the Tuesday deadline, Turkey would resume their offensive.

“It’s quite obvious that if the Kurdish units don’t withdraw with their weapons then Syrian border guards and Russian military police will have to step back. And the remaining Kurdish units will be steamrolled by the Turkish army,” Peskov said.

I suggest the Kurds get the heck out of there as agreed. I am still not sure that Trump did the right thing here, but it is done and we need to support him on this and get on with things both domestic and foreign.

Eventually, a war is going to break out in that part of the world and we will be drawn back in. Already we are putting more troops in Iraq and we are bolstering the forces of Saudi Arabia because of the Iranian threat. Iran is drooling over its portion of Syria to come and Erdogan wants a new Ottoman Empire. Russia, in the end, may rule them all but we will see.

Sources: Breitbart, The RightScoop, The Daily Wire, The Epoch Times, Fox News, The Daily Mail

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