Published: Sat, November 09, 2019

Heavy fighting between Syrian and Turkish troops

Heavy fighting between Syrian and Turkish troops

He noted that although the EU "hates" the Turkish leader, European nations can not but listen to what he has to say.

Geir Pedersen says the two co-chairs of the constitutional committee from President Bashar Assad's government and the leading opposition have agreed to meet again on November 25, and that delegations would in coming weeks "hopefully come up with a work plan".

It also says a thinner 10-kilometre strip beyond which Turkish forces can not venture would be patrolled jointly by Russian Federation and Turkey. Helicopter pilot Dmitry Ivanov said in televised remarks that patrols were flown by pairs of helicopters in several areas. Videos circulating online showed the group trying to mount one of the vehicles and then the men shouting, apparently after the man is run over.

A cameraman for state-run Syrian TV was among those wounded in Saturday's clashes, according to both SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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. "We are starting this on Monday", Soylu said, referring to members of Daesh.


Soylu has said about 287 IS members, including women and children, were re-captured during Turkey's offensive.

Meanwhile, Turkey will start sending foreign Daesh fighters back to their home countries next week, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told state news agency Anadolu on Friday. Syrian government forces have since clashed with Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters, despite a shaky truce brokered by Russian Federation.

Erdogan is expected to sit down with Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson at a time of high tensions in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance over Turkey's offensive last month against Kurdish militants, who had been a key ally for the West against the Islamic State group. It said the patrols were being supported by drones, but provided no further details.

However, Turkey has recently charged that the Kurdish militia didn't withdraw from certain areas near the Turkish border as planned, which explains the renewed fighting between the Kurdish militia and the Turkey-backed rebels.

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