Turkish ceasefire in Syria is already broken

Mail Online | 10/18/2019 | Faith Ridler For Mailonline
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A Syrian ceasefire brokered by Vice President Mike Pence in Turkey had already been broken by Friday morning as gunfire and shelling was heard in the border city of Ras al-Ayn.

The city, also known as Sari Kani, has been the centre of the majority of the fighting since Turkish President Erdogan invaded the country more than a week ago after President Trump ordered US troops to withdraw.

Amid - Outcry - Home - Trump - Pence

Amid outcry at home and abroad, Trump dispatched Pence to Ankara to end to the bloodshed - and a deal was announced that would see Turkey stop its attack while Kurdish forces withdraw from the border.

While Kurdish leadership agreed to the deal it was far from clear whether individual armed militias - who fought and died to claim the territory from ISIS - would willingly hand it over to Erdogan.

Friday - Smoke - Ras - Gunfire - Shelling

On Friday, smoke billowed over Ras al-Ayn as gunfire and shelling could be heard inside the city, though it was unclear who was firing at whom.

Kurdish reports from inside the city claim SDF fighters have 'yet to respond' to targeting by Turkish mercenaries, Hawar News reported.

Ceasefire - Trump - 'millions - Lives - Turkey

The ceasefire had earlier been praised by Trump, who said it would save 'millions of lives,' while Turkey cast it as a complete victory.

If implemented, the deal would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announced when it launched its assault on October 9: control of a strip of Syria more than 20 miles deep, with the SDF forces agreed to pull out.

Senators - Trump - Kurdish - Allies - Islamic

Republican and Democratic senators have accused Trump of having betrayed the Kurdish allies who were vital in fighting Islamic State militants, of brushing aside the humanitarian costs of Turkey's invasion and of being outwitted by Ankara.

It was unclear what if any damage came from the shelling heard on Friday.

It was also unclear whether...
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