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Turkey and Russia agree to Syria ‘safe zone’ with no Kurdish fighters

Turkey and Russia agree to Syria ‘safe zone’ with no Kurdish fighters

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Russia and Turkey have agreed to joint military patrols along the Turkish-Syrian border as they demanded Syrian Kurdish fighters withdraw from the area.Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made the agreement during a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi moments before a five-day ceasefire ended. US President Donald Trump announced two weeks previously that US troops would withdraw from northeastern Syria, leaving its Kurdish allies to fend for themselves as Turkey launched an offensive. Russia, the Syrian government's strongest ally and previous enemy of the Kurds, stepped in to negotiate with Turkey as more than 166,000 Kurds fled the region, many into Iraq.Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan agreed Russian military police and Syrian border guard...
Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw from border town

Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw from border town

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Kurdish-backed fighters for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain following a Turkish offensive in northern Syria to establish a "safe zone".According to SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel there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...
Iraqi Kurdish independence gamble backfires

Iraqi Kurdish independence gamble backfires

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In ongoing standoff following a referendum for an independent state separate from Iraq, Kurds in northwestern Iraq have suffered significant losses, including areas that supply much of the region's revenue. Iraqi Kurds lost another major territory on Tuesday to Baghdad, surrendering the town of Sinjar -- one day after losing the oil-rich Kirkuk. Kurdish troops, known as the Peshmerga, abandoned the town to the Popular Mobilization Forces, an Iran-backed and predominantly Shia militia coalition that operates as part of the Iraqi security apparatus. Iraqi forces have continued their advance on Peshmerga positions in disputed territories, exactly one year after the now-warring sides jointly launched the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS, backed by the United States. The current confrontatio...