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Trump lifts US sanctions on Turkey, says ceasefire permanent

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 24, 2019 13:08

Trump lifts US sanctions on Turkey, says ceasefire permanent

US President Donald Trump announced that Turkey said it is stopping combat operations and making a ceasefire in northern Syria permanent, prompting the United States to lift recent sanctions it imposed on Turkish imports in response to the campaign.Earlier this month, Trump halted negotiations on a $100bn trade deal with Turkey, raised steel tariffs back up to 50 percent, and imposed sanctions on three senior Turkish officials and Turkey’s defence and energy ministries.The president has been under fire for abruptly withdrawing US troops from northern Syria, with many accusing him of abandoning Kurdish forces, who had been one of the US’s main allies in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS).Following the withdrawal, Turkey launched an offensive against Kurdish forces in the region. Last week, Turkey agreed to a five-day ceasefire to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 24, 2019 13:08

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