Turkey, Russia complete 7th joint patrols in N.Syria

  • 17:58 16 November 2019

Turkey, Russia complete 7th joint patrols in N.Syria

Turkish and Russian troops have completed the seventh round of joint ground patrols in northern Syria under a deal reached last month, in an area of a Turkish anti-terror operation, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Saturday, ONA reports citing Yeni Shafak.

In the Qamishli and Derik regions east of the Euphrates River, the seventh joint land patrols between Turkish and Russian units have been completed with four vehicles each and accompanying UAVs, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry added that the patrol took place 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Turkey's border and stretched 26 km (16.1 mi) long.

The first joint ground patrols, on Nov. 1, took place near Ras al-Ayn and Qamishli.

On Thursday, the sixth patrols were carried out in the Darbasiyah region, east of the Euphrates River.

Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of some 2 million refugees.

On Oct. 22, Ankara and Moscow reached a deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists would pull back 30 km (18.6 mi) south of Turkey’s border with Syria, and security forces from Turkey and Russia will mount joint patrols there.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.

Faig Mahmudov