Turkey, Russia conduct 2nd round of joint patrols in Syria



Turkish and Russian militaries on Tuesday conducted the second round of joint patrols in northern Syria.

The patrols took place in the area near the town of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) and lasted two hours.

According to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry, Turkish and Russian military elements and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) participated in the patrol.

Turkey and Russia were conducting the patrol on a new 160-km route starting from Ayn al-Arab, Russian Defense Ministry said.

Ankara and Moscow agreed to conduct the joint patrols during high-level talks between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Oct. 22.

The two countries reached a deal under which the PKK-affiliated People’s Protection Units (YPG) terrorists will pull back 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Turkey’s border with northern Syria within 150 hours.

The patrols are scheduled be conducted in an area 10 kilometers into Syrian territory.

The first round of patrols was conducted 40 kilometers east of Ras al-Ayn and 30 kilometers west of Qamishli on Nov. 1.



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