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MARCH 2021

SDF Commander Says They Rejected Terms Of Russian-Turkish Agreement On Northeast Syria


The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have not accepted the terms of the Russian-Turkish agreement on northeast Syria, the Kurdish group’s commander-in-chief told reporters on October 25.

“Some of the terms, which were agreed upon by Russia and Turkey, don’t serve the interests of our people … Our opnion was not taken ahead and we were not a part of the agreement,” the North Press Agency (NPA) quoted Ferhat Abdi Şahin as saying.

The Kurdish commander, who is known by his nom de guerre “Mazlum Abdi,” added that the SDF had expressed its reservation on some of the agreement’s terms, thanking Russia for its efforts.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached the agreement following a long face-to-face meeting in the Russian city of Sochi earlier this week.

Under the agreement, SDF fighters should withdraw 30km away from the border line with Turkey, where units of the Russian Military Police will conduct patrols. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will also establish 15 observation post along the border line.

Despite Abdi’s statement, the Russian Military Police has already begun to conduct patrols along Turkey’s border. The Kurdish-led group is likely unpleased with the term forcing its fighters to withdraw from the region.

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