Heavy fighting between Syrian and Turkish troops

Nellie Chapman
November 9, 2019

A meeting was held in the capital Ankara between Turkish and US delegations headed by Deputy Defense Minister Yunus Emre Karaosmanoglu and Jeffrey, said a ministry statement.

He reiterated his hopes that the committee could be a "door-opener the broader political process" in Syria, after eight and a half years of war. Helicopter pilot Dmitry Ivanov said in televised remarks that patrols were flown by pairs of helicopters in several areas.

Larigakis expressed further disappointment with the State Department's opposition to two House-passed measures last week, a bill to impose sanctions on Turkey and a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide, because they risk further "straining relations with a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally".

Turkey sees the Syrian Kurdish militants as an off-shoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a bloody insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984 and is considered a terrorist organisation by the European Union and United States.

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

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Several people were injured, including a cameraman for state-run Syrian TV, according to both SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Turkey's Safety Ministry defined the troops have been patrolling Friday a area regarding Qamishli and Derik, east of the Euphrates. 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. It claimed the patrols ended up being supported by drones, however supplied no even additional particulars.

Turkish police arrested 17 foreigners yesterday suspected of ties to IS, state news agency Anadolu reported. Moscow has brokered a shaky truce in northern Syria, but sporadic clashes have continued.

Turkey, along with Syrian opposition paramilitary organizations, has been conducting an offensive against Kurdish milicias in Syrian territory in the provinces of Aleppo and Hasaka since October 9. The patrols are aimed at allowing Turkey to ensure that Syrian Kurdish fighters have evacuated the border area.

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