Trump Calls Syria Cease-Fire 'Permanent' After Russia, Turkey Make Deal

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The Kremlin on Wednesday accused Washington of betraying the Kurds by withdrawing its forces and leaving allies alone in the face of a Turkish offensive.

Trump continued his drumbeat of criticism of past US efforts to keep American forces in the Middle East. "We're willing to take blame and we're also willing to take credit; this is something they've been trying to do for many, many decades".

But even Trump seemed to question the durability of the peace.

"We have done them a great service and we've done a great job for all of them, and now we're getting out", Mr. Trump said.

Turkey made its announcement hours after the five-day long cease-fire expired in the Turkish military incursion into what had been a Kurdish safe zone in northern Syria.

Trump earlier in October ordered the bulk of the approximately 1,000 USA troops in Syria to withdraw after Turkey's president, Recep Tayipp Erdogan, told Trump in a phone call that Turkish forces were set to invade northeastern Syria.

Kurdish allies who helped the United States in its war against Islamic State militants felt abandoned by Trump, whose policy created an opening that Russian Federation has capitalized on by moving forces into the area.

The lira gained against the euro after Trump's remarks on Wednesday.

"Therefore, should General Mazloum Kobani Abdi, who is responsible for everyday operations against ISIS, request to visit the United States, we ask you to expedite his visa and issue any applicable waiver that might be required", the senators concluded. "They are the ones that got us into the Middle East mess but never had the vision or the courage to get us out".

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Since then, the Pentagon has said the Trump administration is considering keeping some troops in northeastern Syria to help ensure ISIS and others do not profit from oil fields in the region.

Once they were gone, the plan stipulated, Turkey and Russian Federation would begin jointly patrolling the border region.

The Kurdish fighters have pulled out of a key border area as part of a US-brokered agreement with Turkey to end the offensive.

Quoting Trump, Pompeo said that the United States needed to demonstrate "some tough love" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey.

"So right now we have not seen this big prison break that we all expected, so that's the good news piece", Esper said.

Russian Federation and Turkey will then start joint patrols in two zones stretching 10 kilometres to the east and west of Turkey's safe zone, which is about 120 kilometres long. The official said the USA has urged all sides to make sure they are not forcing any civilians from their homes.

And the special envoy acknowledged that "dozens" of ISIS fighters had escaped during the fighting. Ambassador James Jeffrey, the US special envoy for Syria engagement, told lawmakers on Tuesday that "dozens" of these fighters were on the run now because of the fighting.

Jeffrey called Turkey's crossing the border and offensive against the Kurds 'a tragic disaster for northeast Syria'.

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