- Title: Trump national security adviser jets to Turkey in bid to halt assaul
- Date: 16th October 2019
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY (OCTOBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER ROBERT O'BRIEN LEAVING AIRPORT AND GETTING INTO CAR CONVOY DRIVING AWAY
- Embargoed: 30th October 2019 13:31
- Keywords: Syria United States Turkish offensive into northern Syria U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien
- Location: ANKARA, TURKEY
- City: ANKARA, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1CHNBB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser flew to Turkey on Wednesday (October 16) as part of an emergency delegation to try to persuade Ankara to halt an assault on northern Syria that has forced Washington into an abrupt retreat.
Robert O'Brien, who has been national security adviser for a month, was due to meet Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, ahead of talks the following day between Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
The Trump administration is trying to contain the fallout from Erdogan's decision to send forces last week to attack Syrian Kurdish militia, Washington's close allies. Erdogan repeated his insistence that there would be no ceasefire.
The Turkish assault, launched after a phone call between Erdogan and Trump, forced Washington to abandon a strategy in place for five years and pull its entire force out of northern Syria. Syrian government forces, backed by Washington's adversaries Russia and Iran, have swiftly advanced into territory formerly patrolled by U.S. troops.
(Production: Omer Berberoglu)
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