Turkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria

Turkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria
© Getty Images

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.


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.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE hailed the deal brokered by Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceLoeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Pence campaigns in Georgia as Trump casts shadow on runoffs MORE last week after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Criticism of the agreement, like criticism of the planned pullout, has been bipartisan, with Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results GOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics MORE (R-Fla.) saying it “looks like [Erdoğan] got everything he wanted” and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS economy hurtles toward 'COVID cliff' with programs set to expire Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump Divided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerNew York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn Biden congratulates Pelosi on Speaker nomination Senate Democrats introduce bill to shore up PPE supply 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.