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World Russia says Kurds complete withdrawal from Turkish border

18:40  29 october  2019
18:40  29 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurds if they don't withdraw; both sides trade blame for violating cease-fire

  Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurds if they don't withdraw; both sides trade blame for violating cease-fire Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday promised to "crush the heads" of the Kurds in Syria if they don't fall back from the border's safe zone, according to reports. © Provided by Fox News Network LLCThe threat comes as both Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim the other is violating terms of a 120-hour cease-fire brokered by Turkey and the U.S. on Thursday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Turkey considers Kurdish militias in Syria an extension of its domestic Kurdish guerrillas. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was a US ally The Kurds reiterated that the Turkish operation may facilitate resurgence of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), which was SDF’s primary

Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels launched the offensive in northern Syria last week to push back from the border members of a Syrian Kurdish militia The Turkish operation came after Mr Trump ordered the withdrawal of US forces from the area. Kurdish -led forces have been a critical ally of the

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that Syrian Kurdish fighters have completed their withdrawal from areas along the Syrian border, in line with a recent Russia-Turkey deal. Sergei Shoigu said Russian and Syrian troops have moved into the border zone following the Kurdish withdrawal.

Russian forces patrol in the city of Amuda, north Syria, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Syrian forces, Russian military advisers and military police are being deployed in a zone 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep along much of the northeastern border, under an agreement reached Tuesday by Russia and Turkey. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)© Provided by The Associated Press Russian forces patrol in the city of Amuda, north Syria, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Syrian forces, Russian military advisers and military police are being deployed in a zone 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep along much of the northeastern border, under an agreement reached Tuesday by Russia and Turkey. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Separately, a Russian military statement said an explosive device went off near Russian armored vehicles near the Darbasiyah border checkpoint, but there were no injuries or damage.

Syria's Assad vows support for Kurds against Turkey assault

  Syria's Assad vows support for Kurds against Turkey assault Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday said the regime would support Kurdish fighters in the northeast of the war-torn country against Turkish soldiers and their Syrian proxies. "We are prepared to support any group carrying out popular resistance against the Turkish aggression," he said in a video shared by the presidency. "We are prepared to support any group carrying out popular resistance against the Turkish aggression," he said in a video shared by the presidency.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey 's aim was to combat Kurdish fighters in the This decision risks a recasting of alliances in Syria. The Kurds may be forced to seek an Indeed, the US pullback of its forces from the border area may herald the full withdrawal of troops from Syria that

Erdogan on Saturday said that if Russia fails to remove the Kurdish militia from the border region, Turkey will do so by resuming its offensive. "For Erdogan to be able to invade Syrian territory to destroy the Kurds is unbelievable," said Swiss former prosecutor Carla del Ponte, who previously led

Last week's Russia-Turkey deal to divide control of northeast Syria has halted the Turkish invasion of the area. Ankara aimed to drive out Syrian Kurdish forces there.

The Kurdish-led forces had been U.S. allies during a five-year campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria. But U.S. forces withdrew from the area, allowing the Turkish offensive. The Kurds have since turned to Russia and the Syrian government in Damascus for protection.

Moscow and Ankara have agreed that Turkey gets to retain control over the areas it seized when it launched its offensive on Oct. 9. Russian and Syrian troops will control the rest of the frontier.

Turkey, Russia agree on Syrian Kurdish YPG withdrawal, joint patrols -Erdogan

  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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to press on with an offensive in northern Syria until his mission to create a "safe zone" is complete . Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels launched an operation to clear a Kurdish militia from a border area last week, after US troops pulled out.

On Monday, Turkey 's defence ministry said that "all preparations for the operation have been Here in Akcakale there is no sign of any Turkish military build-up, but on both sides of the border He said a "precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia , Iran and the Assad regime".

Russia and Turkey are set to conduct joint patrols of areas east and west of the Turkish-held parts of the border area.

Later Tuesday, Turkey's communications director Fahrettin Altun tweeted that his country's forces would verify whether the Syrian Kurdish fighters had withdrawn once those joint patrols begin.

Turkey's Defense Ministry didn't immediately say if the Kurds have met the deadline. It said Russian and Turkish military officials completed a second day of talks about implementing last week's deal struck by Moscow and Ankara to divide control of northeast Syria, but didn't provide further details.

The Syrian Kurdish fighters had until 3 p.m. GMT to pull back to positions about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Turkish border. Ankara has threatened to resume its offensive if the Kurdish militias did not retreat.

'Best bad option': Syria Kurds brace for regime return .
In Qamishli, the de-facto capital of Syria's embattled Kurdish minority, the future looks uncertain and shoppers at the market say they have no good options left. "What scares me most is that nothing is clear. Nobody knows where this region is headed," said Saad Mohammad, a 35-year-old shopkeeper with a degree in Arabic literature.

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