…from Sputnik News, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: Hopefully we have crossed over from the surrealist “Twilight Zone” situation we have had, where two sides make an agreement, yet those on the ground do whatever they want. If this is over, then there should be two major benefits.
Turkey will no longer be able to claim with no supporting evidence that it is under the threat of Kurdish terrorism threats. I have not seen one terror case publicized that was attributed to the Syrian YPG Kurds.
There is a rumor that the Kurds have actually been busy fighting ISIS terrorists in Syria for a few years, and making plans for their future state with big brother USA and Israel as sponsors.
And second, this joint patrolling will eliminate the need for the 5-km border safety zone. The Russians don’t plan to be doing this forever; at some point Syrian and Turkish troops will have to take over. And silly me would even suggest to Assad that similar “anti-terror” patrols should go on inside Turkey to prevent its Terrorist Express from operating against Syria.
The public has been virtually beaten to death by the “make it up as you go crap” dished out by countries and heads of state; with Bibi and Trump and Erdogan among the worst. Maybe we need a new term for it, like “Bullshit Terrorists” for the special class they represent.
The Deep State actors, as always, will be the biggest threat to peace. Look to see them trying to run their own terror attacks inside north Syria and blaming it on a suitable patsy, as peace and stability are the last thing they want.
We are still waiting for the first Deep State actor arrest on an international warrant. It is past due, and too many are collecting paychecks-with-benefits who are not doing the job. Maybe some new people should have their positions? … Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … November 01, 2019 –
Earlier in the day, some 300 Russian soldiers and 20 armoured vehicles were delivered to northern Syria where Russia and Turkey have been patrolling border areas.
Turkish and Russian troops have begun joint patrols in northern Syria, Turkey’s Ministry of National Defence said.
On 1 November, about 300 Russian soldiers and 20 armoured vehicles arrived in northern Syria where the Russian police together with Turkey were carrying out joint patrols of the area.
Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed that the Russian military police and Syrian border guards would facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish militants from the 18-mile safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border within 150 hours. It was also agreed that Moscow and Ankara would start joint patrols in the area.
Earlier this week, the US also conducted a patrol on the Turkish-Syrian border for the first time since President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw troops from Syria. The patrol, reportedly conducted by five armoured vehicles with US flags, took place near the town of Qahtaniyah.
[ Editor’s Note: I thought the US had pulled out of northern Syria. Did I miss something? Did Trump lie to us again?]
On 9 October, Turkey launched a military operation in northern Syria to oust Kurdish militia and Daesh* terrorists from the border area and set up a safe zone to accommodate Syrian refugees there.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia
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