Just hours after President Trump announced a ceasefire between Turkish and Kurdish forces in Syria, journalists reported that fighting continued in the Syrian city of Ras al-Ain on Friday morning, while other areas reported relative calm after
The Associated Press reported that they had witnessed the shelling and said they could see a blowout around the city, which sits along the border with Turkey. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, monitoring the war, reports periodic clashes in Ras al-Ain, but quietly elsewhere.
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Reuters also reported the shelling and shelling that could be heard from a border town in Turkey near Ra al-Ain.
Trump praised the ceasefire agreement as "a great day for civilization." He cited this as a victory after being criticized for his decision to withdraw US forces from the region. At a rally on Thursday, he said it was his "unconventional" approach that led to the deal.
The agreement requires Kurdish fighters to liberate part of Syria's territory along the Turkish border, which largely reinforces Turkey's position.  A senior military official – who worked on developing the US anti-ISIS strategy alongside the Kurds and Turks – told Fox News earlier that the 120-hour ceasefire had little chance of success.
"There is no way for the Kurds to leave this security zone," the source said. "There are thousands of Kurds who live in what the Turks want as a buffer zone. These are the families of these fighters. That's where they come from.
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Vice President Mike Pence told the Fox News in an exclusive interview that Turkish President Recep Erdogan knows Trump is "saying what he means" when he talks about the slap in the face of new sanctions on Turkey if its military breaches the terms of the agreement.
Pence acknowledges the Trump administration. was grateful to the Kurds for "helping us defeat ISIS", n o noted that Turkey "has very real problems with terrorism and ISIS and the PKK organization, a Kurdish terrorist group recognized by the United States as a terrorist organization many years ago."  Jennifer Griffin, Melissa Leon and Fox News Associated Press contributed to this Report.