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Russian troops patrol Syrian border following deal with Turkey

Russian troops patrol Syrian border following deal with Turkey

World
Russian troops have begun patrols on the Syrian border to remove Kurdish fighters as part of an agreement with Turkey.The forces were seen heading towards the city of Kobane in northern Syria the day after Turkey and Russia agreed measures to remove Syrian Kurdish fighters from the border and jointly patrol the area. As part of the deal, Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces will establish 15 posts at the border alongside Russian troops, according to the Interfax news agency. Image: Russian soldiers will be patrolling along the Syrian border. File pic The agreement came at the end of a five-day ceasefire which had been brokered to allow the Kurds to withdraw following Turkey's incursion into northeast Syria.Now the Kremlin has dem...
Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw from border town

Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw from border town

World
Kurdish-backed fighters for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain following a Turkish offensive in northern Syria to establish a "safe zone".According to SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel there are no more Kurdish fighters in the town, which last week was captured by Turkey-backed rebels. The withdrawal of the Syrian Kurdish militia fighters was enabled by a five-day pause in fighting agreed on Saturday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the American vice president Mike Pence. Image: Ras al Ain lies on the border of Turkey and Syria. Pic: Google Maps Image: Turkish-backed fighter burns an SDF flag in Ras al Ain Mr Erdogan ha...
Turkey-Syria border: Trump threatens to ‘obliterate’ Turkish economy

Turkey-Syria border: Trump threatens to ‘obliterate’ Turkish economy

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Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has threatened to destroy Turkey's economy if Turkey goes "off limits" after his surprise decision to pull US forces out of north-eastern Syria.In a series of angry tweets, Mr Trump defended the move that could open the way for Turkey to launch an attack on Kurdish fighters across the border.The withdrawal was heavily criticised even by Mr Trump's Republican allies. Kurdish forces were key US allies in defeating the Islamic State in Syria. The US has some 1,000 troops across Syria and about two dozen had been pulled out from the border area, according to a senior state department official.The withdrawal was described by the main Kurdish-led group as a "stab in the back", and c...
Report: Air Force calls diversion of funds for border wall a national security risk

Report: Air Force calls diversion of funds for border wall a national security risk

Business
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force, in a report revealed Friday, said the planned $ 3.6 billion diversion of military funds for a border wall is a risk of national security. The report, obtained by NBC News, outlines 51 military projects scheduled to lose funding, and their importance to national security. Contraction projects supporting the European Defense Initiative, which deters Russian aggression in Europe, is among the most notable. It cites that without properly constructed buildings, personnel and 12 F/A-22 fighter planes at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany "will have no shelter facilities in case of enemy attack, making the assets vulnerable to destruction." Funding for airport upgrades in Germany, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Slovakia and Hungary have been cancelled because of t...