Wednesday 23 October 2019 | 7:55 PM Damascus Local Time
  • Turkey Syria offensive: Trump lifts Turkey sanctions after deal


    The US is lifting sanctions on Turkey after its recent offensive against Kurdish fighters in north-eastern Syria, President Donald Trump says.

    His decision came after Russia agreed with Turkey to use troops to extend a ceasefire along the Syrian border.

    Turkey's offensive began after Mr Trump's unexpected decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria earlier this month.

    "Let someone else fight over this long bloodstained sand," the president said.

    "The sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we're not happy with," he announced in a statement at the White House on Wednesday.

    He said Turkey had assured him that it would halt fighting in the region and would make the recently agreed ceasefire permanent.