Turkey agrees with US to pause all military operations in northern Syria

Turkey agrees with US to pause all military operations in northern Syria

US vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that he reached an agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pause all military operations in northern Syria.

The agreement comes after four hours of negotiations between Mike Pence and Erdogan.

The decision of pausing all military operations in northern Syria has been taken to allow the withdraw of YPG forces.

Speaking after crisis talks with Erdogan in Ankara, Pence said that under the deal all military operations would be paused to allow a pullback of Kurdish YPG militia over a 120-hour period. The Turkish military operation would end once that withdrawal was complete, Pence told a news conference.

“Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria,” Pence told a news conference after more than four hours of talks at the presidential palace in Ankara.

“The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours,” Pence said. “All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal.”

The Turkish assault has created a new humanitarian crisis in Syria with 200,000 civilians taking flight, a security alert over thousands of Islamic State fighters abandoned in Kurdish jails, and a political maelstrom at home for President Donald Trump.