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Kurds in northeast Syria feel abandoned by allies

Russian military police began joint patrols with Turkish forces near the Syrian-Turkish border as part of an agreement under which Kurdish fighters would withdraw from the area.
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The Russian-Turkish agreement signed Oct. 22 on the security and field situations south of the Turkish-Syrian border included an item stating that at noon on Oct. 23, Russian military police and Syrian border guards were to enter the Syrian side of the Syrian-Turkish border, outside the area of ​​Operation Peace Spring, to facilitate the removal of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and their weapons to a depth of 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Syrian-Turkish border.

The process needed to be completed within 150 hours, after which joint Turkish and Russian patrols would begin operating west and east of the area of ​​Operation Peace Spring at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), with the exception of the city of Qamishli due to the presence of the Syrian regime’s security forces there.

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