Kurdish forces in northern Syria announce they have reached a deal with President Bashar al-Assad’s government in an attempt to mitigate the ongoing Turkish offensive in the nation’s northeast.
The deal was announced late Sunday, and reportedly permits Assad’s government forces to deploy to Kurdish territory to halt the Turkish forces.
The agreement was reportedly brokered after days of talks involving Russian, Syrian, and Kurdish officials.
According to The Guardian, unconfirmed reports have suggested Syrian troops had already started advancing into the Kurdish territory over the weekend in Manbij.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other officials, at least nine people had died over the weekend amid Turkish airstrikes in the region.
The Turkish offensive began just last week, while it remains unclear how long Turkey plans on sustaining a presence in northern Syria.
This comes just days after President Trump announced he would withdraw U.S. forces from the region as he continues his campaign to end the nation’s “endless wars.”
The announcement was last week with a press release saying, “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.”
The press release went on to clarify many of the captured ISIS fighters came from Europe, but the nations they came from including France and Germany, refuse to take them for trials.
In response, the United States has made it clear it will not hold them at the expense of American taxpayers, and from this point forward, Turkey will be responsible for handling it.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, Defense Secretary Mark Esper weighed in on the status of American involvement saying the remaining U.S. special forces would be leaving “as safely and quickly as possible.”
This comes as reports suggest around 750 ISIS fighters escaped from prisons over the weekend as the regional fighting continues to escalate.
President Trump weighed in on his decision to pull U.S. troops from Turkey via twitter on saying, “It is time to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home.”
The president continued by also slamming his European counterparts for refusing to handle the trials of captured ISIS fighters, despite the fact many came from Europe.