Heavy fighting between Syrian and Turkish troops

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2019

Turkey's Defense Ministry made no mention of fighting with Syrian government troops in a statement Saturday.

A young man was run over by one of the large armoured vehicles and rushed to hospital in the town of Derik.

Turkey's objective is to create a "safe zone" in north-east Syria, 20 lac Syrian immigrants can settle here once this area is cleared from Kurdish YPG Militia.

It should be remembered that Turkey had begun operation at the border connected with Syrian rebels, so they may be helped by removing Kurdish YPG groups from the area. Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters as terrorists due to their links to Kurdish militants fighting inside. The town is controlled by SDF and American forces, but the Turkish troops were passing through on the patrol.

Turkish and Russian troops are conducting their third joint patrol in northeast Syria, under a deal between the two countries that forced Syrian Kurdish fighters to withdraw from areas bordering Turkey.

"Now we are telling you that we are going to send them back to you".

He said 13 members of the entourage were now in Turkish detention.

"During the meeting, issues regarding the agreement signed with the US on October 17, 2019 were discussed" - a deal having to do with Turkey's anti-terrorist operation in northern Syria launched on October 9 - the statement said.

Turkey has criticized Western countries for refusing to repatriate their citizens who left to join Daesh in Syria and Iraq, and stripping some of them of their citizenship.

It remains unclear whether Turkey will be able to repatriate those who have lost their citizenship.

Turkish officials have complained that YPG/PKK terrorists kept attacking Turkish forces and its allies during the 120-hour pause agreed to with the US, and also that despite the deal with Russian Federation, the YPG/PKK terrorists failed to withdraw. Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, said the death toll was based on "verified incidents" that included to November 5.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban pledged his support for Turkey's plans for a so-called safe zone in northern Syria on Thursday during an official visit from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Observatory said the attacks involved Turkish drones.

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