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'Permanent' Turkey-Syria cease-fire
possible as temporary peace
agreement ends, Pence says

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Posted By: cThree, 10/23/2019 12:49:32 PM

The 120-hour cease-fire agreement between Turkey and Syria ended Tuesday, and U.S. officials including Vice President Mike Pence were optimistic that a permanent peace deal could emerge after days of turmoil. The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said its members have withdrawn from the 20-mile-wide safe zone under Turkish military control, Pence said while speaking at the Heritage Foundation Honors Gala on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

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'Permanent' Turkey-Syria cease-fire
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Posted by cThree 10/23/2019 12:49:32 PM Post Reply
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