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World Russia patrolling between Turkish and Syrian forces after U.S. troops withdraw

16:05  15 october  2019
16:05  15 october  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Russian and Syrian national flags flutter on military vehicles near Manbij, Syria Oct. A U . S . official said late Monday that U . S . troops had withdrawn from Manbij. Turkish -backed forces operating under the Syrian National Army, an umbrella group of rebel factions, had announced on Monday the

If the Turkish incursion into Syria breaks the power of the Kurdish force , some military officials Ankara has repeatedly said it wants Kurdish forces to withdraw from Manbij, and give control to its Syrian Arab allies. President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of U . S . military forces from Syria .

ISTANBUL —Russia announced on Tuesday that its units were patrolling between the Turkish and Syrian militaries near the northern Syrian town of Manbij, in a sign that Moscow, a key ally of the Syrian government, was moving to fill a security vacuum after U.S. troops were withdrawn from the area.

A Russian Defense Ministry statement said that military police in northwestern Manbij were patrolling “along the line of contact between the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey.”  The statement said the Russian military was also “interacting” with Turkey’s government.

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  Turkey claims capture of key Syrian border town as offensive continues U.S. troops stationed in Syria came under artillery fire from Turkish forces, the Department of Defense confirmed late Friday.The Turkish Defence Ministry said that it had seized Ras al-Ayn as part of the operation, code-named 'Peace Spring,' which began Wednesday.

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Syrian government troops moved into a series of towns and villages in northern The Syrian army’ s deployment near the Turkish border came hours after Syrian Kurdish forces The shift sets up a potential clash between Turkey and Syria and raises the specter of a

Syrian government troops moved into northern Syria Monday, setting up a potential clash with Turkish -led forces in the area. The announcement of a deal between Syria ’ s Kurds and its government is a major shift in alliances that came after President Donald Trump ordered all U . S

A U.S. official said late Monday that U.S. troops had withdrawn from Manbij. Early Tuesday, Syrian state television reported that government troops had entered the town, airing video footage of what it said were residents celebrating the arrival of Syrian forces in the center of Manbij.

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The developments come a day after the Syrian Kurds announced that they had struck an agreement with the government of President Bashar al-Assad aimed at blunting a nearly week-long Turkish government offensive into Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria.

The deal would allow Syrian government forces to take over security in some border areas, according to Syrian Kurdish officials, who said their administration would maintain control of local institutions.

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The withdrawal of US troops is another sign that the Turkish operation against the SDF is in fact coordinated with the US . By this, the Trump administration achieves two key goals: President Donald Trump finally implements its promise to withdraw US troops from the Syria war zone

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Syrian government troops moved into a series of towns and villages in northern The Syrian army' s deployment near the Turkish border came hours after Syrian Kurdish forces The shift sets up a potential clash between Turkey and Syria and raises the specter of a

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Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal

  Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire dealFrom the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar across the border from Ras al Ain, the sound of machine-gun fire and shelling was heard in the area of Ras al Ain. Smoke rose from one part of the Syrian town.

The Syrian military' s deployment near the Turkish border came after Syrian Kurdish forces Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northeastern Syria on Monday, including The Manbij region is home to U . S . outposts that were set up in 2017 to patrol the tense frontiers between

The announcement of a deal between Syria ' s Kurds and its government is a major shift in alliances that came after President Donald Trump ordered all U . S . troops withdrawn from Turkish troops and Syrian proxy forces have steadily pushed their way south of the border, clashing with the Kurdish

Ankara has said its military operation is aimed at clearing the border of Syrian Kurdish forces with links to Kurdish militants inside of Turkey and repatriating Syrian refugees to the country.

The United States and other western allies of Turkey have condemned the operation, warning it could lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State militant group. The Trump administration on Monday called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to implement an immediate cease-fire and imposed sanctions against Turkey’s defense and energy ministries, as well as three senior Turkish officials.

Trump has been harshly criticized, including by some of his own Republican allies, for withdrawing U.S. troops and leaving the U.S.-allied SDF to face the Turkish military. Vice President Pence announced on Monday that he was leading a delegation to Turkey in the “immediate future” in an effort to end the violence.

Erdogan has given no indication he is willing to halt the offensive. “We will soon secure the region from Manbij to the border with Iraq,” he said on Tuesday, during a visit to Azerbaijan, referring to a 230-mile expanse.

Turkish-backed forces operating under the Syrian National Army, an umbrella group of rebel factions, had announced on Monday the start of an operation to retake the city of Manbij from the SDF.

Turkey had long demanded that the United States expel the SDF from Manbij and complained that a deal struck with Washington to remove the fighters was not being implemented.

Turkey and the United States agreed in December on a plan for the Kurdish-led SDF to withdraw from Manbij, about 25 miles west of the Euphrates River, and a road map envisioned joint U.S.-Turkish patrols in the city. Turkish officials view the Kurdish fighters in Syria as terrorists because of their links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long war for autonomy inside Turkey.

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Akcakale, Turkey – Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northern Syria on Monday, setting up a potential clash with Turkish -led forces The flashpoint area housed U . S . troops who patrolled the region since 2017 to deter a confrontation between Turkey and Kurdish fighters.

Russia -backed Syrian forces wasted no time in taking advantage of an abrupt U . S . retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal .

U.S. military spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III declined to say on Tuesday whether Syrian troops had entered Manbij, referring questions about Syrian troop positions, as well as reports that Russian soldiers had entered Manbij, to the Syrian and Russian governments.

The Turkish-backed Syrian National Army said on Tuesday that its forces had “started freeing villages” around Manbij a day earlier but had not entered the town.

The battles have taken a withering toll on Syrian civilians. The United Nations has said that as many as 160,000 people, including 70,000 children, have been displaced since the fighting in northeast Syria escalated nearly a week ago. The Kurdish administration said on Tuesday that there as many as 275,000 internally displaced people in the region.

The Kurdish Red Crescent said on Monday that said international aid groups had pulled their international staff from the northeast, leaving camps for displaced people with “extremely limited support.”

Mercy Corps, which had been operating in the area since 2014, said on Monday it was suspending operations in northeast Syria and evacuating international staff.

“This is our nightmare scenario,” said Made Ferguson, the group’s deputy country director for Syria in a statement. “There are tens of thousands of people on the run and we have no way of getting to them. We’ve had to pull our international staff out of northeast Syria. We just cannot effectively operate with the heavy shelling, roads closing, and the various and constantly changing armed actors in the areas where we are working.”

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Dadouch reported from Beirut. Asser Khatab contributed reporting from Beirut.

Turkey, Russia agree on Syrian Kurdish YPG withdrawal, joint patrols -Erdogan .
Turkey and Russia have agreed that the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria will withdraw to beyond 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border and will also leave the towns of Tel Rifaat and Manbij, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. © Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their joint news conference following Russian-Turkish talks in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia October 22, 2019.

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