SYRIA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Turkish army occupied the border town of Ras al-Ain after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Arab-Kurdish forces left the Syrian state television.
Last week, the Turkish military and the Syrian armed opposition took control of Ras Al Ain. In turn, the representative of the SDF said that the withdrawal of forces from the border with Turkey will begin after Turkey allows them to evacuate the remaining fighters and civilians from the encircled border city.
Turkey and the United States later agreed that Ankara would stop the operation in Syria for five days to give the Syrian Kurdish self-defense forces time to leave the 30-kilometer zone along the border.
General Mazlum Abdi, the commander of the Arab-Kurdish units of the Syrian democratic forces, said that this agreement applies only to the zone between the cities of Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain – that is, only a third of the border zone controlled by the Kurds.
US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey confirmed this information, noting that Turkey is negotiating with Russia and the Syrian authorities over the remaining areas.
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