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Syria: Russian forces patrol border area between al-Darbasiyah and Qamishli

Syrian Arab Republic, al-Darbasiyah, Amuda, and Qamishli
October 30, 2019 at 19:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian forces were patrolling the Turkish-Syrian border area between the northern Syrian settlements of al-Darbasiyah, Amuda, and Qamishli on Wednesday.

On the same day, clashes reportedly broke out between Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), as well as Syrian government forces, near Tal Tamr, some 62 km (38 miles) southwest of al-Darbisyah.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that joint Russian-Turkish patrols, as laid out in an agreement between the Turkish and Russian governments in Sochi, will begin in northeastern Syria on Friday, but added that Turkish military operations could start again if Kurdish forces did not fully withdraw from the so-called 30-kilometres (20 miles) safe zone.

On Tuesday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the withdrawal of Kurdish forces and their equipment from near the Turkish-Syrian border had been completed. According to Shoigu, more than 100 square kilometres (38 square miles) have been demined and various explosives have been neutralised.

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Russian forces were patrolling the Turkish-Syrian border area between the northern Syrian settlements of al-Darbasiyah, Amuda, and Qamishli on Wednesday.

On the same day, clashes reportedly broke out between Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), as well as Syrian government forces, near Tal Tamr, some 62 km (38 miles) southwest of al-Darbisyah.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that joint Russian-Turkish patrols, as laid out in an agreement between the Turkish and Russian governments in Sochi, will begin in northeastern Syria on Friday, but added that Turkish military operations could start again if Kurdish forces did not fully withdraw from the so-called 30-kilometres (20 miles) safe zone.

On Tuesday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the withdrawal of Kurdish forces and their equipment from near the Turkish-Syrian border had been completed. According to Shoigu, more than 100 square kilometres (38 square miles) have been demined and various explosives have been neutralised.

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