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Turkey’s incursion, which began shortly after Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region, has unleashed a free-for-all inside that corner of Syria, with Russia, Iran and other powers vying for influence.
“Our mission set is to see if we can get a cease fire, see if we can get this brokered,” Pompeo told reporters Wednesday, before boarding a plane to Ankara.
Pence set to make ceasefire case to Erdogan, after release of ‘tough guy’ letter
Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were due to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday in an effort to persuade him to implement a cease-fire in the escalating Syria conflict.
The diplomatic overture is set to take place just hours after President Donald Trump downplayed the deteriorating conflict and described the Kurdish forces who are fighting Erdogan’s troops as “no angels.”