The 120-hour ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Syria ended on Tuesday, and US officials, including Vice-President Mike Pence, were confident that a lasting peace agreement could emerge after days of turmoil.
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander of the Kurdish leadership said his members had withdrawn from the 20-mile security zone under Turkish military control, Pence said when speaking to the Heritage Foundation Honors Gala on Tuesday evening in Washington Due to the "strong leadership" of President Trump, there is the possibility of a permanent ceasefire in the region.
"Our team continued to communicate with both sides in the hope that a permanent ceasefire could soon be established," he said. "These discussions are ongoing."
"We can give the international community an opportunity to establish a safe zone between Turkey and the Kurdish population in Syria, which will ensure peace and security for all peoples of this war ̵
Earlier this month, Trump ordered that most of the 1,000 US troops in northeastern Syria withdraw from the area and move to Iraq. Only a handful of American troops remained in Syria. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday that the US is considering leaving some troops in the region to secure oil fields so they will not fall into the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS).
"There was a discussion on whether this is possible," Esper said at a news conference in Afghanistan, adding, "There was no decision on numbers or anything like that."
Between 200 and 300 US Troops remained in southern Syria at Al-Tanf.
Many analysts and political observers saw the withdrawal of nearly all US troops as a green light for Ankara to launch a military offensive on October 9 to drive Kurds out of the region. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that his country wanted to "neutralize terrorist threats" and establish a "safe zone".
Experts said that Turkey's goal was to put an end to a potential Kurdish state on the border with Syria, such as Ankara, and that many of the Kurds considered it a terrorist.
Erdogan threatened the Kurds on Tuesday before leaving for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.
"The time is up tonight at 10:00 pm [3 p.m. ET Tuesday] Our affiliated agencies are closely monitoring the situation on the ground, and if the promises America has given us are not kept, our operations will continue," Erdogan said , 19659003] The tone was similar to that on Saturday when he promised to "crush" the heads of the Kurds in Syria if they did not fall back from the border's security zone.
HEADS OF COURDS, IF YOU DO NOT RETURN; BOTH SITES GUARANTEED THE VIOLATION OF CEASE-FIRE
The threat came when both Turkey and SDF claimed that the other violated the terms of the ceasefire agreed by Turkey and the US on Thursday. Despite the agreement, violence had continued in northeastern Syria, a source told Fox News.
Dave Eubank of Free Burma Rangers, a private military medical emergency company, was on-site near the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn to help trapped and wounded Kurds. He said the fighting had not stopped at the beginning and the movement in the region was severely restricted, although the ceasefire was intended to "disrupt" hostilities, giving the Syrian Kurds time to withdraw from the region. Thousands of Kurdish civilians have lived in the so-called buffer zone, a senior military source told Fox News] Turkey and Russia later announced Tuesday that the two nations will conduct joint patrols along the border region after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces. Russian military police and Syrian troops will delay the Kurdish armed forces within 18 hours from Wednesday noon local time, 18 miles from the northern Syrian border, within 150 hours, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Putin and Erdogan met more than six hours before they spoke with reporters announcing joint patrols. The fact that a NATO ally preferred to patrol the border with Russian troops rather than American troops was said to have caused Pentagon officials to scratch their heads.
Many Kurdish residents expressed anger at the United States' decision to withdraw from Syria. The US teamed up with the Kurds to fight IS in the region. When American troops left, the inhabitants of a Kurdish-controlled city dropped armored vehicles with potatoes, tomatoes and ruby.
When US troops left Syria and went to neighboring Iraq, the military said the Americans had no permission to stay there.
Turkey would not have invaded Syria if the American troops had remained fighters – who helped the US military as SDF in the fight against IS – as YPG, as the Turks called the Kurds.
Trump tweeted positively about the situation Tuesday night in the Middle East, he wrote: "Good things seem to happen." He added that "more reports" would come at a later date.
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Trump said the Turks had "been at war for many years" The US did not need to protect the war-torn Syria as it was "7,000 miles away "is.
The president said last week that "thousands and thousands" of human lives in Syria and Turkey were saved by the ceasefire.
Jennifer Griffin, Kellianne Jones, Greg Norman, Lucas Tomlinson, and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.