US says Turkey agrees to a ceasefire in Syria

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1:46 p.m. ET, October 17, 2019

Mike Pence: US and Turkey agree to ceasefire in Syria


Vice President Mike Pence announced today that the US and Turkey reached a deal to suspend the Turkish military offensive in Syria.

"A week after Turkish forces crossed into Syria, Turkey and the United States of America have agreed to a cease fire in Syria," Pence said at a news conference.

Pence explained that military operations will stop for 120 hours.

"It will be a pause in military operations for 120 hours while the United States facilitates the withdrawal of YPG from the affected areas in the safe zone, and once that is completed, Turkey has agreed to a permanent cease fire, and the United States of America will work with Turkey, will work with nations around the world to ensure that peace and stability is the order of the day in this safe zone on the border between Syria and Turkey," he said.