Turkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria

Turkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria
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The Turkish defense ministry said Sunday that a soldier had been killed in a skirmish with Kurdish forces in northern Syria days after the U.S. announced the two sides had reached a cease-fire, according to The Associated Press.

In the statement Sunday, Ankara claimed Kurdish forces acted in violation of the cease-fire about 20 times. The Turkish military made its incursion into northeastern Syria shortly after the U.S. announced it would withdraw from the region. Turkey on Thursday agreed to suspend hostilities for 120 hours.

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Turkey’s defense ministry said the unnamed soldier was killed in an attack by small-arms fire and anti-tank weapons, according to the AP. It also said it had allowed a humanitarian convoy into the border town of Ras al-Ayn, allowing it to evacuate the wounded.

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Criticism of the agreement, like criticism of the planned pullout, has been bipartisan, with Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate passes legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action McConnell urges Trump to voice support for Hong Kong protesters MORE (R-Fla.) saying it “looks like [Erdoğan] got everything he wanted” and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Five things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year MORE (D-N.Y.) calling it a “sham.”

“The so-called cease-fire is not what we expected. In fact, it’s not a cease-fire, it’s a demand of capitulation of the Kurds,” said European Council President Donald Tusk.