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U.S President Trump Lifts Sanctions placed on Turkey, Calls Ceasefire in Syria 'Permanent'

President Trump announced Wednesday that the US would lift sanctions on Turkey because there will be a "permanent" ceasefire in the conflict between Turkey and the Kurds in northern Syria. The Kurds largely withdrew from the region under the terms of an earlier 120-hour ceasefire negotiated by the US.

The announcement came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin brokered a new six-day ceasefire, which allows Russia to step into the power vacuum created after Mr. Trump announced the withdrawal of 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria.

In his announcement, Trump said Turkey called to inform him early Wednesday morning that there would be a "permanent" ceasefire between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds. "However, you would also define the word permanent in that part of the world as questionable," Trump said.

"This was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else," Trump said, countering the news that a ceasefire had been negotiated by Erdogan and Putin.

Trump said a "small number of US troops" would "remain in the area" to protect oil reserves. "We have done them a great service and we've done a great job for all of them, and now we're getting out," Mr. Trump said. "Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand."

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