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What’s Going on with Turkey and Syria?

They aren’t fighting right now, but they aren’t really at peace, either.

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Last week, Turkey informed the White House of plans to invade northern Syria.  Turkey wanted to attack terrorists in the area. In response, President Donald Trump decided to remove the 50 US troops that were there. This choice caused an argument about American soldiers in Syria.

Turkey’s Involvement in Syria

After invading Syria, Turkey did attack the Kurdish people, killing hundreds. Trump imposed sanctions as a response. Economic sanctions are policies aimed to harm a person, country, or organization by costing them money.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to stop the attacks for five days so the Kurds can leave the area. In exchange, the United States promised not to impose more sanctions on Turkey’s government.

What Will Happen Next?

It’s hard to say what will happen in Syria, but a true peace doesn’t seem likely.

When Donald Trump was running for president in 2016, he promised that he would stop America’s involvement in “endless wars.” Many Americans have grown tired of having our military in wars that do not affect our nation.

On the other hand, there are those who want the US military to stay in Afghanistan and Syria. When it comes to Syria, they think our military is needed to make sure things don’t get worse. They believe that if the United States pulls its troops out, terrorist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS) will grow again.

This fight between Turkey and the United States probably won’t be the last. As long as US soldiers are in the area, we’ll have some conflict with Turkey. Even worse, it is not clear when the fighting will stop on all sides. This is a problem the White House will have to struggle with in the years to come.

Jeff Charles

Race Relations & Media Affairs Correspondent at and A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff’s insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.

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