US pushing for ceasefire after Turkey's push into Syria
Date: 2019-10-15 23:36
The United States says diplomatic efforts are on "high gear" to press for a ceasefire after Turkey's incursion into northern Syria, as Washington tries to get the situation under control, according to a senior State Department official.
"Goal number one is to carry out diplomacy to try to find a ceasefire. Get the situation under control. It's very, very confusing. It's dangerous for our troops. It's placing the fight against ISIS at risk. It's placing at risk the safe imprisonment of almost 10,000 detainees," the official said, using an acronym for the Islamic State terror group.
The official noted that there has not been "any major successful breakout so far of detainees," referring to imprisoned ISIS terrorists and their families. Syrian Kurdish officials have said hundreds of suspected ISIS prisoners have escaped.
US President Donald Trump has announced sanctions against Turkish officials over the military operation and he plans to send a delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence to Ankara for talks to resolve the situation.