Although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agreed yesterday to pause his offensive in northeastern Syria, reports from the ground suggest that's easier said than done. Journalists and monitors spotted shelling and intermittent skirmishes Friday morning in towns on both sides of Turkey's border with its war-torn neighbor. In Ankara yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence convinced the Turkish leader to allow formerly U.S.-backed Kurdish forces to vacate a "safe zone" along the border.
Is this a good deal for Erdoğan? Controlling the 20-mile strip of Syria without Kurdish militias in the way is exactly what he wanted when he launched the offensive last week.