Fighting Reportedly Continues In Northern Syria, Despite Ceasefire Agreement

by John Wesley Reid · Oct 18th, 2019 11:30 am

Last Updated Nov 15th, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces in northern Syria has merely slowed, rather than ceased entirely, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. brokered a ceasefire with Turkey Thursday, which was meant to last five days, under which they would cease all military operations to allow the Kurdish forces in northern Syria to withdraw.

A Kurdish spokesman said that they continue to fight in defense of an ongoing assault from Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denies the responsibility of any attacks on the Kurds since the ceasefire took effect.

One U.S. defense official said the Pentagon is awaiting the confirmation on these reports. The spokesperson was charitable to the fact that sometimes information from headquarters takes time to make its way to field commanders.