US says Turkey agrees to a ceasefire in Syria


US says Turkey agrees to a ceasefire in Syria

By Veronica Rocha, Fernando Alfonso III, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 2:39 p.m. ET, October 17, 2019

US official says this is the US “essentially validating what Turkey did”

The deal made with Turkey is “essentially validating” the Turkish offensive, a senior US official told CNN.

“This is essentially the US validating what Turkey did and allowing them to annex a portion of Syria and displace the Kurdish population,” the official said.

The official continued:

“This is what Turkey wanted and what POTUS green lighted. I do think one reason Turkey agreed to it is because of the Kurds have put up more of a resistance and they could not advance south any further as a result. If we don’t impose sanctions then Turkey wins big time.”

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