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President Trump, with the diplomatic efforts of Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo, has brokered a ceasefire between Syria and the Kurds that promises to end the conflict.
In the words of commenter MarkB, “It looks like President Trump got what everyone has wanted before. To have the Kurds protected. Also to keep Turkey from invading Syria. And keeping the Syrian Kurds from linking up with Turkish Kurds to do terrorism in Turkey. And we are going to get our troops out of Syria. What more could anyone ask for?”
Ceasefire - Controversies - President - Trump - Credit
There is still some fighting despite the ceasefire, so we’ll see if it holds, and controversies continue. But President Trump deserves credit for the Art of the Deal.
Here, posted at Fox News, is the actual text of the agreement:
US - Turkey - Relationship - Members - NATO
1. The US and Turkey reaffirm their relationship as fellow members of NATO. The US understands Turkey’s legitimate security concerns on Turkey’s southern border.
2. Turkey and the US agree that the conditions on the ground, northeast Syria in particular, necessitate closer coordination on the basis of common interests.
Turkey - US - NATO - Territories - NATO
3. Turkey and the US remain committed to protecting NATO territories and NATO populations against all threats with the solid understanding of “one for all and all for one”.
4. The two countries reiterate their pledge to uphold human life, human rights, and the protection of religious and ethnic communities.
Turkey - US - D-ISIS/DAESH - Activities - Northeast
5. Turkey and the US are committed to D-ISIS/DAESH activities in northeast Syria. This will include coordination on detention facilities and internally displaced persons from formerly ISIS/DAESH-controlled areas, as appropriate.
6. Turkey and the US agree that counter-terrorism operations must target only terrorists and their hideouts, shelters, emplacements, weapons, vehicles and equipment.
7. The Turkish side expressed...
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