President Trump touted the success of the recent ceasefire in northern Syria between both Kurdish and Turkish forces, while also saying captured ISIS fighters are secured.
The president took to twitter Wednesday to make the announcement saying, “Safe Zone [has been] created! Ceasefire has held and combat missions have ended. Kurds are safe and have worked very nicely with us.”
Meanwhile, Russia has deployed troops to northern Syria in an effort to patrol the area and ensure Kurdish forces have left the region.
Russia officials issued stark warnings to the Kurds telling them if they do not leave the area, they will be “steamrolled” by the Turkish military.
This comes one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi to broker a deal addressing the ongoing escalation as the 120-hour ceasefire ended.
The pair reached an agreement which mandates all Kurdish fighters must leave the area, and were given until midnight local time to do so.
According to Reuters, both Russian and Syrian forces will be planted in areas in the northern part of the nation to oversee the removal of fighters and weapons.
Erdogan ultimately carried out the long-planned operation to purge the area of Kurdish forces, a group it considers terrorists, in an effort to resettle over two million Syrian refugees who currently living in Turkey.
President Trump’s announcement comes days after he sent a U.S. delegation to Ankara to broker a ceasefire between Turkish and Kurdish forces.
Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Turkey last week to hold negotiations with Erdogan, which resulted in the 5-day ceasefire.