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Syria ceasefire continues to hold

Some of the Senate's most vocal Republican Trump critics on this issue are on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where they grilled the US special envoy to Syria Tuesday afternoon. Angered at feeling betrayed, some residents in areas populated predominantly by Kurds in both Syria and Iraq have pelted the withdrawing troops.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump is "fully prepared" to take military actions against Turkey in Syria if necessary.

Mr. Trump also said that the US had done the Kurds "a great service".

Trump also said the Kurds' military leader was "extremely thankful for what the United States has done" and has assured the USA "that ISIS is under very, very strict lock and key". "This is an outcome created by us, the United States, no other nations".

The letter, written Wednesday, comes after President Trump announced a "permanent" ceasefire between the Turks and the Kurds in northeastern Syria, and the lifting of USA sanctions on Turkey that had been imposed in response to the offensive.

Responding to questions about criticism aimed at the US's decision to withdraw from northern Syria, the secretary said the United States "didn't sign up to fight a war to defend the Kurds against a longstanding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally".

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He said: "Very diversified eventualities, very diversified adversaries whenever you may well well presumably, very diversified stage of commitment".

U.S troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria to Iraq are "transiting" and will leave the country within four weeks, Iraq's defense minister said Wednesday.

The US demanded an explanation from Ankara on Wednesday for what it described as "war crimes" committed during Turkey's invasion of northern Syria.

It comes as a clip of pro-Turkey fighters desecrating the corpse of a female Kurdish fighter and branding her a whore was shared online.

Trump tweets that he'll discuss the cease-fire between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces.

Peskov added that if the SDF did not withdraw from the border, Syrian government forces and Russian military police would have to depart, leaving the Kurdish fighters exposed to the Turkish army.

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His trip also follows Ankara and Moscow agreeing on Tuesday that Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey. Syrian Kurdish officials did not comment on the initiative.

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

"The sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we're not happy with", Trump said Wednesday morning in a statement from the White House.

The envoy faced heated criticism from lawmakers who said that Trump strengthened the Islamic State group as well as Russian Federation, whose forces are heading to northern Syria in an agreement with Erdogan in the wake of the USA pullout.

'How could the United States do something so senseless, so disgraceful, so contrary to our values?' Democratic Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said as he opened the hearing.

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The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has waged an insurgency inside Turkey, and Ankara regards the YPG as an extension of the PKK. Erdogan launched a military operation, now in its second week, against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.


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