Daily Memo: Defiance in Europe, Updates in Syria

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GPF Staff |September 25, 2018

U.S.-Turkey relations may be improving. It’s no secret that they have been strained lately, what with the public disagreements over Syria, the application of sanctions on Turkish individuals and the blaming of the U.S. for Turkey’s economic problems. We’ve been waiting to see how the U.S. would react to the agreement on Idlib – an agreement reached by Turkey and Russia – and the response seems positive. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. and Turkey will resume talks over the status of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, whose detention in Turkey has become a sticking point in bilateral ties (to say nothing of the acquisition of the S-400 missile system from Russia, or the handwringing over the F-35 fighter jet program). Pompeo went so far as to say a release is possible within the next month. This came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his government would create safe zones for Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria that will include U.S.-backed

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