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Turkey, U.S. Agree to Brief Cease-Fire to Allow Kurdish Retreat

  • Accord reached after more than five hours of talks in Ankara
  • Pence-Erdogan deal helps ‘end the violence’ in northern Syria
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Trump Calls Turkey Cease-Fire in Syria an 'Amazing Outcome'
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Turkey agreed to a temporary pause of military operations in Syria that could be extended if Kurdish fighters formerly allied with America leave the border region, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced after a hastily arranged visit to Ankara.

The “immediate” cease-fire will last 120 hours, Pence said during a press conference Thursday in the Turkish capital following about five hours of talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pence said the Syria-based YPG, which consists mostly of ethnic Kurd fighters previously aligned with the U.S., has provided assurances that they’ll make a “safe and orderly withdrawal.”