Earlier this morning, Trump announced the early conditions of the ceasefire have been met between Turkey and the Kurds without a single drop of American blood being shed.
Trump stated that Turkey had informed him a ceasefire is in place and all sanctions against Turkey have been dropped.
Still Not Completely Done
While Trump touted this as a “permanent ceasefire,” there is still some work to be done, and the President knows it.
The SDF has left the area Turkey demanded to be vacated for a safe-zone, but there are still a few stipulations that need to occur before this is truly a permanent ceasefire.
The next phase of the plan is a critical one.
The Kurds now have 150 hours, or until next Tuesday evening, to withdraw all troops from the border area.
Once that area is vacated, Russian and Syrian forces are expected to move into the area to establish a hard 20-mile safe zone along the border with patrols taking place along a six-mile stretch.
Russia is already poking the bear, stating that if the area is not completely vacated by the new deadline, Turkey will go on another offensive.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Russians, took a very hard posture on the Kurdish withdrawal, stating, “It’s quite obvious that if the Kurdish units don’t withdraw with their weapons then Syrian border guards and Russian military police will have to step back. And the remaining Kurdish units will be steamrolled by the Turkish army.”
Trump, however, has very high hopes all conditions will be met.
He stated, “I do believe it will be permanent. This was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else…we’ve done something very, very special.”
Trump also sent out a tweet with an update on the situation…
Even though the permanent ceasefire conditions have not been met, this is clearly a victory for Donald Trump and his administration.
Assuming the next set of commitments are met and this does go permanent, there are going to be a lot of politicians looking to spin this to create a negative narrative.
Some Democrats are already latching onto Russia’s words, calling this a Kurdish surrender and a clear victory by Putin that was handed to him by Trump.
They are clearly frustrated that a war that has been going on for decades, even centuries, is being ended by a businessman that had no right winning the White House.
It will be very curious to see how Republicans that were opposed to the troop withdraw react to this new news.
Will someone like Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) take it on the chin or will he continue to side with Democrats on this matter?
Time will tell on that front but for now, this is a HUGE win for Trump.