On 17th October, Defense One reported that the United States will remove its sanctions on Turkish officials in exchange for a ceasefire that leaves Turkey’s forces in north-eastern Syria. President Erdogan had agreed to “pause” his offensive against the Kurdish YPG fighters while the US “facilitates” their withdrawal from the border zone over a period of 120 hours. After the Kurds leave a “permanent” ceasefire would be put in place and the US would lift its just-imposed sanctions imposed on Turkey’s energy, defence, and interior ministers.
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