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US-Brokered Ceasefire In Syria Already Shattered By New Turkish Airstrikes

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Tyler Durden

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:45

In an entirely unsurprising development, it only took hours for Turkey to break the US-brokered deal for a 5-day ceasefire in northern Syria. The late Thursday newly inked ceasefire was announced by Vice President Mike Pence following a lengthy meeting with President Erdogan; it crucially involved allowing Kurdish fighters to evacuate battleground border towns and in exchange Turkey would agree to halt its offensive.

But new Turkish air strikes near the border town of Ras al-Ain have shattered the apparently fragile agreement. "Five civilians were killed in Turkish air strikes on the village of Bab al-Kheir, east of Ras al-Ain," one Syrian war monitoring group cited in the AFP said. Four SDF fighters were also reported killed in that strike, according to the report. 



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