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Trump Orders All Sanctions on Turkey Lifted

Says the ceasefire is permanent
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2019 11:43 AM CDT
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Syrian government forces man a checkpoint near the town of Tal Tamr, north Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.   (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

(Newser) – The Turkish ceasefire in Syria that was agreed upon last Thursday is a permanent one, said President Trump Wednesday, and so sanctions against Turkey will be lifted—although he allowed that "you will also define permanent in that part of the world as somewhat questionable," reports CNBC. CNN quotes him as saying, "I have, therefore, instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to lift all sanctions imposed October 14th in response to Turkey's original offensive moves against the Kurds."

The AP adds that Trump also touched on his decision to pull almost all US troops from Syria, saying, "we're getting out. Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand." The AP lays out the plan going forward, with Turkey overseeing the areas of Syria that it captured during its attack against Kurdish forces; Russia and Syria will oversee the remaining border areas, with the US having "little influence in the region." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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