Turkey will suspend its Syria offensive for five days but the assault would end only after the Kurdish-led forces withdraw from a safe zone along the border. US Vice President Mike Pence reached an agreement with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a marathon debate between the leaders.
What was the deal between US and Turkey?
The Kurdish forces will have to vacate an area 32 kilometers (20 miles) deep making a safe zone long sought by Turkey. Here it is necessary to mention that Ankara brands the Kurdish fighters as terrorists. US President Trump is behind this deal as he forced Ankara to accept the deal or face sanctions. It is widely known that President Trump threatened to destroy the economy of Turkey who’s an important NATO ally.
Highlights of the US and Turkey deal
- 120-hour pause by Ankara
- Pullout of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
- Withdrawal of sanctions by the US
What are the repercussions of the deal in the US?
President Trump is facing strict criticism for this deal. James Jeffrey, the US pointman on Syria, called it a “carrot and stick” policy. He said that the US used sanctions to force Ankara to accept the deal. The safe zone is the carrot in the deal. The deal is said to be a betrayal for Kurdish fighters that helped the US fight against Islamic State group in recent years.
What the world has to say about Syrian assault?
Turkey faced criticism and condemnation for its assault on Syria that displaced more than 300,00 civilians. Many European countries even imposed arms imbroglio on Turkey.