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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Brussels on Friday to address NATO leaders on the cease-fire in Northern Syria. The agreement requires the Kurdish fighters to vacate a swath of territory in Syria along the Turkish border, largely solidifying Turkey's position. "We're now so I don't know 24 hours into this, we're very hopeful that we will continue to be able to implement and execute that," said Pompeo. "We're hopeful in the hours ahead that both both the Turks who were part of the agreement alongside of us, as well as the the YPG fighters in the region, will take seriously the commitments that they made and that we will actually achieve within the next 96 hours the commitments that were laid out in paragraphs 1 through 13 of the agreement." Turkish troops and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters launched their offensive a week ago, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump suddenly announced he was withdrawing American troops from the border area. The Kurds have been U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State since 2014, but Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters terrorists because of their links to outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting inside Turkey since the 1980s. "The state that the situation in north east Syria remains fragile, but it is important that two NATO allies, the United States and Turkey, who have been on the ground for a long time, have agreed a statement, made an agreement on the way forward," said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "That is important because it can provide a basis for progress and for deescalating the situation. And that's exactly why I also welcome the fact that those two allies have agreed and also the fact that Secretary Pompeo spent some time here with all the network allies discussing the way forward in north east Syria."
The U.S. government on Sunday said it’s withdrawing roughly 1,000 troops from northern Syria after learning Turkey is planning further attacks in the region. Those attacks are aimed at Washington’s Kurdish-led ally, the Syrian Democratic Forces. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” (SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY MARK ESPER, SAYING: “So we find ourselves as we have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies and it’s a very untenable situation. So I spoke with the President last night, after discussions with the rest of the national security team and he directed that we being a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria.” The U.S. withdrawal has raised international outcry, as allies fear a humanitarian crisis – with war crimes potentially committed against civilians by the Turks. Critics also accuse the U.S. of abandoning its Kurdish allies, who have helped in the fight against ISIS. The Turkish offensive has sparked the potential for ISIS prisoners to break free. Esper said another reason for the U.S. withdrawal was the Kurds’ apparent decision to cut a deal with Russia for help – a point he was challenged on by “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan. (SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) CBS ‘FACE THE NATION’ HOST MARGARET BRENNAN, SAYING: “To be clear, the reason the Syrian Kurds are striking a deal here is to protect themselves from being killed by Turkey.” (SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY MARK ESPER, SAYING: “That’s right.” (SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) CBS ‘FACE THE NATION’ HOST MARGARET BRENNAN, SAYING: “But that’s what the United States was doing for them. They were our allies, that we were advising and assisting and protecting. It sounds a lot like they were being left to be slaughtered. So what choice were they left, other than to find someone else to protect them?” (SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY MARK ESPER, SAYING: “Look, the Kurds have been very good partners in the de-ISIS campaign, they were very good fighters on the battlefield – we obviously enabled that as well – but at the same time, we didn’t sign up to fight the Turks on their behalf. And we’ve been very clear with them about that.” But Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a former member of the U.S. Air Force, said the implication of the U.S. withdrawal would be “terrible.” (SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. REP. ADAM KIZINGER, SAYING: “Leaving an ally behind, abandoning people that we frankly told that we are going to be with is disheartening, depressing, frankly it’s weak, and I don’t see how it follows through on the president’s promise, his biggest promise of the campaign, to defeat ISIS, because I think it is going to resurge.” Turkey now faces threats of possible sanctions from the U.S. Two other NATO allies, Germany and France, have suspended arms exports to Turkey.
France's foreign minister will travel to Iraq today to discuss trials for Islamic State fighters from Syria. European countries are trying to fast-track a plan to move thousands of foreign militants out of Syrian prison camps and into Iraq. Foreign Minister Jean-Ives Le Drian will spearhead talks with the Iraqi government to try and create a legal framework to oversee the trials. The Iraqi government is seeking millions of dollars in financial compensation for taking European fighters. Read more: Turkey’s military incursion: Video explainer on who controls what territory in northern Syria "The subject with the Iraqi authorities is to find a judicial system that could try all these fighters, including the French ones," Le Drian told BFM television ahead of his trip. Iraq saw some of the bloodiest battles against Islamic State and its government is already conducting trials of thousands of suspected insurgents. Le Drian said nine French women had escaped on Sunday from the Ain Issa camp in northwestern Syria. Kurdish officials have said almost 800 people fled that camp after the Turkish offensive into northern Syria targeted the area. Le Drian said women who had joined Islamic State should also face justice in the region, although Paris would look to bring back children. "The French women who went to this region in 2015 knew what they were doing. They aren't tourists. They are fighters against France and must face trial (in Iraq) if possible," he said.
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