Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says cease-fire permanent

AAMER MADHANI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will lift sanctions on Turkey after the NATO ally agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria and he defended his decision to withdraw American troops. "We're getting out," Trump said at the White House, asserting that tens of thousands of Kurdish lives were saved as the result of his actions. "Let someone else fight over this long, blood-stained sand," he said. The president, who campaigned on a promise to cease American involvement in "endless wars," took a victory lap as he lopped the American presence inside Syria in less than a year from about 2,000 troops to a contingency force in southern Syria of 200 to 300. Lawmakers on both sides of aisle chastised the president for
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