Photos, Videos: Russia, Turkey Complete 3rd Joint Patrol in Syria After Covering Over 65 Miles – MoD

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Russian military police and Turkey’s border service have completed their third joint patrol after covering more than 65 miles. 

“On 8 November, the third joint patrol of the Russian military police and Turkey’s border service started work in a new border region, located several dozen kilometres to the northeast of Qamishli”, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The patrol travelled eastwards along Syria’s border with Turkey.

“The joint patrol… covered a route of 105 kilometres in about four hours and completed its work returning to the starting point”, the ministry said.


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As many as 48 servicemen, driving eight armoured vehicles, took part in the operation, supervised by Russia’s Orlan-10 drone.

Joint Russo-Turkish Patrols

Earlier, the Russian military and Turkish forces conducted joint patrols near the Syrian border city of Kobani, along the Syrian-Turkish border in al-Hasakah province, and in Syria’s northeast. The first joint patrol was completed successfully on 1 November.

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In October, within days of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US military from north-eastern Syria, Turkey launched an operation against Kurdish forces, which Ankara designates as terrorists, and the Daesh* terrorist group in the area.

On 17 October, however, Vice President Mike Pence reached a deal with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a five-day ceasefire. As the ceasefire came to an end, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin reached a separate deal to pull the Kurdish fighters and their weapons out from the 18-mile safe zone within 150 hours and establish joint patrols in the operation area along the Turkish border.


*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia


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