Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols Friday in northeastern Syria, beneath a deal that halted a Turkish offensive towards Syrian Kurdish fighters who had been pressured to withdraw from the border space following Ankaras incursion.

The patrols will cowl two sections, in the west and east of Turkeys operation zone in Syria, with a depth of 10 kilometers. Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters now management the border cities of Tal Abyad, Ras al-Ayn and close by villages. The deal on the patrols excludes town of Qamishli, in line with the ministrys assertion on Tuesday.

Turkeys protection ministry tweeted on Friday that the patrols began in al-Darbasiyah area, with Turkish and Russian troops, armored automobiles and drones.

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The Russian Protection Ministry stated the joint patrol consists of 9 army automobiles, together with a Russian armored personnel provider, and would cowl a 110-kilometer route on Friday.

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Turkey final month invaded northeastern Syria to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters whom it considers terrorists for his or her hyperlinks to a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.

However the U.S. had partnered with the Syrian Kurdish fighters, their prime allies in the warfare towards the Islamic State group. The connection has strained ties between Washington and Ankara who’re NATO allies.

Russia, Turkey begin joint patrols in northeast Syria

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Video launched exhibits preliminary strikes on Baghdadi compound

After an abrupt and extensively criticized determination by President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from this a part of Syria, the Kurdish forces approached the Syrian authorities and Russia for cover. Syrian authorities troops and Russian army police subsequently moved into areas alongside the border.

Two ceasefire agreements brokered by the U.S. and Russia paused Turkeys operation to permit the Syrian Kurdish fighters withdraw 30 kilometers away from the border.

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Russia instructed Turkey, on the finish of the 150-hour cease-fire on Tuesday, that the Syrian Kurdish fighters had been out of the strip of territory, in addition to out of the cities of Manbij and Tal Rifaat, west of the Euphrates River.

Additionally Friday, Turkeys protection ministry introduced {that a} Turkish soldier was killed after an improvised explosive system detonated on Thursday, bringing the Turkish militarys loss of life toll to 13 for the reason that begin Ankaras invasion in northeastern Syria on Oct. 9. Mortars fired from Syria in the course of the early phases of the operation killed 21 civilians in Turkey.

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Although the truce has largely held, it has been marred by accusations of violations from each side and occasional clashes. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to renew the offensive if deemed essential.

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