Conflict and Security

The United States and Turkey Agree to a Cease Fire in Syria

The United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria after Turkey began an incursion into the region.

The United States withdrew its roughly 28 soldiers from the region, and then Turkey began its assault. Shortly thereafter, the United States threatened sanctions to Turkey for its violence against the area.

The United States then met with Turkey, and as a result, an immediate 120-hour ceasefire was announced, with a permanent ceasefire to follow.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “what Turkey did in Syria is unacceptable.” Graham introduced a bill to apply new sanctions on vital Turkish officials, banks, and military transactions.

Defense Secretary Esper was on Capitol Hill briefing senators on what’s happened in the 11 days since President Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.
After the briefing, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) expressed horror at the situation.

Blumenthal said, “deep disappointment in the abdication of leadership.”

Despite news of the ceasefire, Maryland Senator Chirs Van Hollen (D-MD), who introduced the bill with Graham, said he stands ready to move full steam ahead on their call for sanctions.

“We’re doing what we can to let the world know that we think America does have an important role and that we are not an unreliable partner, and we will not give up in the fight against ISIS.”

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a joint news conference regarding the meeting with Turkey and announced a ceasefire.

After the announcement, President Donald Trump on Twitter praised the outcome and hailed the agreement as a ‘great day for civilization.’