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Turkish Defense Ministry: No More Operations Needed In Syria

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Turkish Defense Ministry: No More Operations Needed In Syria

Turkish forces are seen near Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

The Turkish Ministry of National Defence announced late on October 22 that there is no further need to conduct a new operation in northeast Syria following the recent agreement with Russia.

In an official statement, the ministry said that the agreement upholds Turkey’s border security and force the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to withdraw at least 30 km away from the Turkish border.

“Turkey will never let a terror corridor be established to the south of her borders and our resolute fight against terrorism will continue … By creating a peace corridor in the area, we will ensure the safe and voluntary return of displaced Syrian brothers and sisters to their homes and lands,” the ministry’s statement reads.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached the agreement following a long face-to-face meeting in Sochi on October 22.

Earlier, units of the Russian Military Police entered the border town of Kobane in northeast Syria in order to implement the agreement. The units will be conducting patrols along the border with Turkey.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which control northeast Syria, have not commented on the Russian-Turkish agreement, so far. A few weeks ago, the group reached an initial agreement with the Damascus government, allowing thousands of Syrian troops to be deployed in its region.

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