- Oct. 23, 2019
- 2 min read
President Trump announced Wednesday that conditions have been met between Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for what he called a “permanent ceasefire” between the two sides and that the United States is lifting sanctions on Ankara that were implemented following the invasion of northern Syria.
— Fox News, October 23, 2019
It was carrots and sticks that resolved the conflict in Northern Syria. Republicans and Democrats were pressing Trump for stepped up military action there. But the president used a combination of negotiations, sanctions, and incentives to avert hostilities.