Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces agree ceasefire deal

    Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces agree ceasefire deal

    Aug.31, Ankara: US officials said Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and Kurdish forces had agreed to a temporary pause in fighting in northern Syria, as Turkey insisted it planned to continue military operations in the region until all threats to its security were removed, local media reports said.

    Colonel John Thomas, spokesman for the US Central Command said: "In the last several hours, we have received assurance that all parties involved are going to stop shooting at each other and focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) threat."

    "It's a loose agreement for at least the next couple of days and we are hoping that will solidify," he told AFP news agency.

    Thomas said the Turkish and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up largely of Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG), had opened communications with the US and between each other "with the goal of limiting hostilities".

    Thomas called the reported agreement between the two groups "encouraging".

    The White House also lauded the apparent halt in fighting between anti-ISIL forces in Syria.

    "The United States welcomes the overnight calm between the Turkish military and other counter-ISIL forces in Syria," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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