During the November 5 Russian-Turkish joint patrol in northern Syria, supporters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) blocked Russian Tiger armoured vehicles near the border town of Kobani.
It remains unclear what SDF-linked elements were seeking by protesting against the implementation of the ceasefire regime under the Turkish-Russian safe zone agreement. It is unlikely that they want the resumption of the Turkish military operation. Pro-Damascus sources suggested that at least some of them tried to provoke Turkish or Russian troops in an attempt to stage a provocation that can be used by the SDF leadership and its foreign backers in their own political games.
In any case, protesters apparently feel themselves very safe when Russian forces are near. It’s hard to imagine that such behavior would be possible if they feel a threat of forceful response to their actions.
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