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US News Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with new accord

02:45  23 october  2019
02:45  23 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Russia and Turkey reached an agreement Tuesday that would cement their power in Syria, deploying their forces across nearly its entire northeastern border to fill the void left by President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces.

The accord caps a dramatic and swift transformation of the Syrian map unleashed by Trump's decision two weeks ago to remove the American soldiers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after their joint news conference following their talks in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Erdogan says Turkey and Russia have reached a deal in which Syrian Kurdish fighters will move 30 kilometers (18 miles) away from a border area in northeast Syria within 150 hours. (Sergei Chirikov/Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after their joint news conference following their talks in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Erdogan says Turkey and Russia have reached a deal in which Syrian Kurdish fighters will move 30 kilometers (18 miles) away from a border area in northeast Syria within 150 hours. (Sergei Chirikov/Pool Photo via AP)

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U.S. troops in Syria fought five years alongside Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria and succeeded in bringing down the rule of the Islamic State group there at the cost of thousands of Kurdish fighters' lives. Now much of that territory would be handed over to U.S. rivals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The biggest winners are Turkey and Russia. Turkey would get sole control over areas of the Syrian border captured in its invasion, while Turkish, Russian and Syria government forces would oversee the rest of the border region. America's former U.S. allies, the Kurdish fighters, are left hoping Moscow and Damascus will preserve some pieces of their autonomy dreams.

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Syrian government forces carry a national flag as they man a checkpoint near the town of Tal Tamr, north Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad) © Provided by The Associated Press Syrian government forces carry a national flag as they man a checkpoint near the town of Tal Tamr, north Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Meanwhile, the Americans are stumbling out of Syria in a withdrawal that has proved chaotic, its extent and goals seeming to shift on the fly as they grasp to keep some influence on the ground.

In the latest hitch, Iraq's military said Tuesday the U.S. troops coming out of Syria do not have permission to stay in Iraq, contradicting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper's statement a day earlier that they would remain there to fight the Islamic State group. Esper has also spoken of keeping some troops in eastern Syria to protect oil fields held by the Kurds.

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A view of the town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, hours before a five-day cease-fire in northern Syria between Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters was set to expire, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey and Russia have reached a deal under which Syrian Kurdish fighters will move 30 kilometers away from a border area in northeast Syria within 150 hours. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) © Provided by The Associated Press A view of the town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, hours before a five-day cease-fire in northern Syria between Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters was set to expire, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey and Russia have reached a deal under which Syrian Kurdish fighters will move 30 kilometers away from a border area in northeast Syria within 150 hours. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Trump ordered the U.S. troop pull-out on Oct. 7 with little consultation with advisers and in the face of heavy criticism, even by Republican allies. It opened the way for Turkey to launch a long-threatened invasion of northeast Syria two days later to drive out the U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters. Vowing to get American soldiers out of the region and its "endless wars," Trump has said he sees no problem with Russia and Turkey taking over as power brokers.

Syrian government forces deploy near the town of Tal Tamr, north Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad) © Provided by The Associated Press Syrian government forces deploy near the town of Tal Tamr, north Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

The new accord was reached by Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, after six hours of negotiations as they pored over maps of Syria in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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"I believe that this agreement will start a new era toward Syria's lasting stability and it being cleared of terrorism. I hope that this agreement is beneficial to our countries and to our brothers in Syria," Erdogan said.

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Under the 10-point deal, Kurdish fighters have 150 hours starting at noon Wednesday to withdraw from almost the entire northeastern border from the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border.

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Russian and Syrian government forces would move in immediately to ensure the Kurdish fighters pull back 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the border. When the deadline expires on Oct. 29, joint Russian-Turkish patrols would begin along a 6-mile (10-kilometer) wide strip of the border.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria.( Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool ) © Provided by The Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria.( Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool )

The exception would be the region around the town of Qamishli at the far eastern end of the border, which has some of the densest Kurdish population. Russian and Turkish officials did not immediately say what the arrangement would be there.

Also, Turkey will keep sole control of the section in the center of the border that it captured in its invasion. It extends roughly 120 kilometers (75 miles) wide and 30 kilometers (20 miles) deep between the Syrian border towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands before their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool) © Provided by The Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands before their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

A senior Kurdish official, Redur Khalil, confirmed his forces had entirely pulled out of that zone as required under a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.

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That five-day-old pause in fighting expired on Tuesday evening, shortly after Khalil's announcement. There were no immediate reports of fighting resuming. But they traded accusations of violations down to its last moments.

Khalil said Turkish troops and their allies continued military operations in northeastern Syria outside that withdrawal zone.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin enter a hall for their talks in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria. (AP Photo/Sergei Chirikov, Pool) © Provided by The Associated Press Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin enter a hall for their talks in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria. (AP Photo/Sergei Chirikov, Pool)

Turkey's communications director, Fahrettin Altun, said just before the cease-fire expired that the fighters had not fully left. "The terrorists have another 15 minutes," he tweeted.

How Syria might look following implementation of the Russia-Turkish deal.; © Provided by The Associated Press How Syria might look following implementation of the Russia-Turkish deal.;

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists because of their links to Kurdish insurgents in Turkey. Erdogan had been infuriated by Washington's decision to ally with the Kurds against the Islamic State group, which empowered Kurdish self-rule ambitions. Erdogan has sought a "safe zone" along the border cleared of the fighters where Turkey could also settle many of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees currently on its soil.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands before their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria.( Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool ) © Provided by The Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands before their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Welcoming the Turkish leader in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, Putin said their meeting is very important in the current tense situation in Syria.( Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool )

The border region, however, is the heartland of Syria's Kurdish minority. Kurds have feared a Turkish takeover would not only crush their self-rule but cause massive demographic change, as Kurdish civilians flee and mainly Arab Syrian refugees move in.

In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, speaks with Syrian troops during his visit to the strategic town of Habeet, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. On Tuesday, Assad called the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a © Provided by The Associated Press In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, speaks with Syrian troops during his visit to the strategic town of Habeet, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. On Tuesday, Assad called the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a "thief" during his first visit to territory captured from Turkey-backed rebels in the northwestern province of Idlib. (Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency via AP)

The new agreement limits Turkish patrols — alongside Russians — to the areas closest to the border while putting the rest under Russia and its ally, the Syrian government. That may prevent a massive flight of civilians but would be a heavy blow to Kurdish autonomy dreams. Still, the Kurds continue to hold large territories further south, including strategic oil fields.

In this image provided by Turkish Red Crescent, Syrians wait in queue to receive aid being distributed by Turkish Red Crescent in Tal Abyad, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Turkey launched an operation into northern Syria on Oct. 9, saying it aimed to push out Kurdish fighters it considers terrorists. United States broke a deal for a 120-hour pause in fighting that expires Tuesday night, to allow Kurdish fighters to leave areas Turkey controls following its incursion into northeast Syrian to drive the fighters away from its borders. (Fatih Isci/Turkish Red Crescent via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press In this image provided by Turkish Red Crescent, Syrians wait in queue to receive aid being distributed by Turkish Red Crescent in Tal Abyad, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Turkey launched an operation into northern Syria on Oct. 9, saying it aimed to push out Kurdish fighters it considers terrorists. United States broke a deal for a 120-hour pause in fighting that expires Tuesday night, to allow Kurdish fighters to leave areas Turkey controls following its incursion into northeast Syrian to drive the fighters away from its borders. (Fatih Isci/Turkish Red Crescent via AP)

The deal is also a mixed bag for Syrian President Bashar Assad. It returns Syrian government control over parts of the border, but it also consecrates Turkey's hold on a large chunk.

Syrian government forces deploy near the town of Tal Tamr, north Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad) © Provided by The Associated Press Syrian government forces deploy near the town of Tal Tamr, north Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Assad has vowed to reunite all the territory under Damascus' rule. Assad spoke to Putin by telephone after the deal was announced. Earlier Tuesday, Assad said he was ready to support any "popular resistance" against Turkey's invasion "to expel the invader sooner or later."

Syrian government forces deploy near the town of Tal Tamr, north Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad) © Provided by The Associated Press Syrian government forces deploy near the town of Tal Tamr, north Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters, cementing the two countries' power in Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Erdogan is "a thief," Assad told troops during a visit to the northwestern province of Idlib. "He stole the factories and the wheat and the oil in cooperation with Daesh and now is stealing the land," he said, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State group.

In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center right, speaks with Syrian troops during his visit to the strategic town of Habeet, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. On Tuesday, Assad called the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a © Provided by The Associated Press In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center right, speaks with Syrian troops during his visit to the strategic town of Habeet, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. On Tuesday, Assad called the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a "thief" during his first visit to territory captured from Turkey-backed rebels in the northwestern province of Idlib. (Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency via AP)

Assad's visit to Idlib underlined Damascus' goal of regaining the border. Idlib is adjacent to a border enclave that Turkey captured several years ago in another incursion. Turkey also has observation points inside Idlib, negotiated with Russia, to monitor a cease-fire there between the government and opposition fighters and jihadi groups.

A Turkish forces vehicle patrols the border with Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey,Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later on Tuesday in talks crucial to the outcome of Turkey's latest incursion into northern Syria, and to the broader Syrian war. An agreement between Putin who has backed the Syrian government of Bashar Assad in Syria's multi-faceted war, and Erdogan could definitively end the fighting along the Turkey-Syria border. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) © Provided by The Associated Press A Turkish forces vehicle patrols the border with Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey,Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later on Tuesday in talks crucial to the outcome of Turkey's latest incursion into northern Syria, and to the broader Syrian war. An agreement between Putin who has backed the Syrian government of Bashar Assad in Syria's multi-faceted war, and Erdogan could definitively end the fighting along the Turkey-Syria border. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Isachenkov reported from Moscow. Associated Press writers Elena Becatoros in Istanbul, Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin and Sarah El Deeb in Beirut contributed to this report.

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Syria says Turkish-led forces attacked its troops .
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters, the state news agency in Damascus and a war monitoring group said. The fighting underscored the risks of violence as multiple and often opposing armed forces jostle for new positions in the tight quarters of the northeastern border zone. Most worrisome has beenThe fighting underscored the risks of violence as multiple and often opposing armed forces jostle for new positions in the tight quarters of the northeastern border zone.

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