After effectively clearing the way by withdrawing U.S. troops from the area, the White House is now demanding that Turkey end its incursion into northern Syria. Calling on Ankara to "stand down," Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday that Washington "simply is not going to tolerate" the move. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump announced he'd reimpose steel tariffs and suspend talks on a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.
How's the offensive proceeding? The push by Turkish-backed forces toward the strategic city of Manbij could set them up for a confrontation with Syrian government troops also moving into the area.