23 February 2020,   17:45
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Turkey, Russia start joint patrols in northern Syria

Turkish and Russian troops are jointly patrolling a Syrian region under a deal that halted a Turkish incursion against Kurdish fighters. The patrols aim to check that all fighters have moved back from the Turkish border.

Turkish and Russian troops equipped with armored vehicles and drones.

The patrols are taking place under a deal struck by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin that requires Syrian Kurdish fighters to pull back 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Turkish border.

The patrols aim to ensure the fighters have withdrawn and to secure the area. Russia has previously said the withdrawal is complete.

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