US 'ceasefire' with Turkey appears to fall apart

The short-lived deal comes as Republicans continue to blast President Trump for abandoning the Kurds in the region.
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Dan, thanks very much. It was an extraordinary day. Vice president pence announcing that a cease-fire with Turkey has been reached, but that short-lived deal appears to be falling apart. President trump may be hailing it as, quote, a great day for civilization, but members of his own party are blasting the president for abandoning the kurds. Terry Moran has the latest also from the white house this rn Mo. Good morning, Terry. Reporter: Good morning, Cecilia. President trump is declaring victory over this cease-fire, but all eyes on northern Syria where there are reports that those air strikes and shelling and that humanitarian catastrophe continue. It's president trump's own decision to abandon the kurds that triggered all this, and he seems eager to put it behind him as soon as possible. Overnight, president trump trying to take a victory lap at a campaign rally in Texas. We had tremendous success today. I don't know if you have seen it. Reporter: Trump was celebrating what the white house claims is a cease-fire in Syria, sparked in part by his own decision to withdraw U.S. Troops from the Syrian border. The president made it sound like the chaos that followed his decision was part of his plan. Sometimes you have to let them fight like two kids in a you have got to let them fight. Reporter: But according to the kurds since Turkey invaded Syria last week, 218 civilians have been killed, including 18 children. Over 160,000 have been forced to flee. Vice president pence announced the reported cease-fire after a five-hour meeting with the Turkish president. President trump sent us here to end the violence and we achieved an immediate cease-fire. Reporter: But shortly after pence spoke, the Turkish foreign minister with a different take saying Turkey got what it wanted. The United States has accepted the legitimacy of our operation and aims, he said. It's a pause. This is not a cease-fire. Under the deal, kurdish fighters, America's allies would have five days to get out of a stretch along the border roughly 20 miles into Syria that would then be controlled by Turkey. That territory home to kurdish towns and villages. U.S. Officials acknowledging some may not want to leave, that there are questions about where they will all go, and the U.S. Agreed to lift sanctions trump imposed on Turkey just this week once a permanent cease-fire is achieved. Both Republicans and Democrats on capitol hill blasted trump. The announcement today is being portrayed as a victory. It is far from a victory. Are we so weak and inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the united States of America? Turkey? Erdogan is saying here's the land that I intend to take. I intend to drive every kurd out of this area, and the only thing he has agreed to is an the kurds can leave this area in the next five days or I'll move in and take it and kill them. Reporter: And there's another big threat in that region. There are reports that ISIS prisoners have been escaping and on their social media sites they're taunting the kurds calling them abandoned American allies, promising slaughter and, quote, the return of the islamic state. Michael? Terry, thank you very much.

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