US and Turkey reach ceasefire deal

Added On October 19, 2019

The United States and Turkey have reached an agreement for a five-day ceasefire and the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said "Turkey's military operation will pause for 120 hours" following a closed-door meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
According to Pence, the Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, has started to withdraw from the area where they have been fighting against Turkish troops. The planned safe zone will have a depth of 32 km. 
Turkey's Foreign Minister said Turkey's operation in northern Syria will end only after YPG forces have left.
Ankara considers the YPG to be the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, an organization that has fought an armed struggle against the Turkish state for more than three decades. However, the U.S. army has fought for years alongside YPG fighters against the Islamic State.
Besides the YPG's withdrawal, the deal reached between the United States and Turkey also includes confiscating weapons and dismantling fortifications controlled by the YPG.