Despite Cease-Fire In Syria, Fighting Resumes

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Fighting in the buffer zone in Syria broke out today despite an agreed up cease-fire.

Size of Buffer Zone

As questions emerge about the size of the alleged "buffer zone", fighting has broken out.

Of course, this had to be expected because Trump made an agreement with Turkey without the Kurds, one of the two main participants in the conflict.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismisses reports of clashes as disinformation; calls for large safe zone.

Lovely. The Kurds want no buffer zone, but perhaps would settle for a small one.

The Wall Street Journal reports Syria Cease-Fire Tested by Fighting, Questions About Buffer Zone.

The fate of the cease-fire agreement negotiated by the U.S. and Turkey in northeastern Syria was uncertain Friday, as skirmishes erupted between Turkish and Syrian Kurdish forces and questions arose about the boundaries of a buffer zone from which the Kurds are expected to withdraw.

President Trump said his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told him in a phone call that “minor sniper and mortar fire” had stopped. Mr. Erdogan dismissed the clash reports as “disinformation.” A U.S. official said most of the fighting has ended but it would take time for orders to stop the combat to filter through the ranks.

The agreement didn’t specify the size of what Turkey refers to as the safe zone. But Mr. Erdogan said there should be no confusion that Turkey plans to seize control over a roughly 20-mile by 300-mile area stretching from the city of Manbij all the way to Syria’s border with Iraq on the east.

“This is what we call the safe zone,” Mr. Erdogan told reporters, circling the area on a large map with a laser pointer.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper didn’t comment on the size of the buffer zone, but said the U.S., which has withdrawn its troops from combat areas, would have no role in enforcing it.

To recap, we have a buffer zone of no specific size in which one of the fighting parties was not even asked to the table.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (22)
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Tengen
Tengen

Yeah it's messy, but I still prefer this to the post 9/11 status quo. Watching MSM heads explode over Trump's small withdrawal has been entertaining.

Regardless of how the fighting proceeds in Syria, it's nice to see the warmongers here suffer even a small loss. Hopefully there will be many more to come!

Freebees2me
Freebees2me

After things stabilize, how long will it take for our European "friends" to push for the resettlement of all the Syrian refugees out of Europe and back 'home'.....now that the 'civil war' is over...

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

What a beautiful thing, an American foreign policy success story for the first time in decades. The belligerents will have to work it out for themselves, Russia is putting their people in the crossfire, and America is minding it's own business for a change. Naturally the dems hate a Trump success story even though it is an American success story. I cannot even imagine a reason why America should be involved in this other than to try to facilitate a peace agreement.

Jojo
Jojo

Trump the Betrayer!

JanNL
JanNL

If Turkey wants a buffer zone, why is it reasonable to invade a neighboring country to create one?

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“To recap, we have a buffer zone of no specific size in which one of the fighting parties was not even asked to the table.”

That’s a recap? Oops, my bad!

I thought you were talking about the Chicago Public School teachers strike. By the way, what’s the over/under line on how long they keep the school system shut down?

avidremainer
avidremainer

On the horns of a dilemma aren't we? On the one hand it is good to see a US President turning his back on regime change and foreign intervention. On the other hand it takes your breath away when he leaves erstwhile allies in the lurch. The trouble is that the current behaviour is redolent of the way the British ran our empire. Perfidious Albion is not something to be proud of. And lets face a series of abrupt volte-face didn't serve the British Raj well did it?

thimk
thimk

during a conversation with a local convenience store owner here in w. central Florida, the proprietor mentioned he was from Turkey . As the talk drifted towards our disdain for Erdogan , he admitted that he was Kurdish and he thought it best to leave the country. I casually remarked that the Kurds were fierce fighters. Yes he said we have no homeland .

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

A cease-fire where one side continues to fight is by definition "not a cease-fire". I suspect that Trump wanted a cease-fire to appease his GOP friends in Congress and so, like his wall, it declared that there was a cease-fire and that he had victory, of course, he kind of forgot to talk to the Turks, so he sent a quick note to Turkey saying that it would be bad for Turkey to continue to fight and that he would be liked by Trump if he stopped for a few days.

Of course, no one thought the letter/note was for real!

Even the President of Turkey though he was being "punked"