WRAPUP 6-Russian police deploy in Syria's Kobani, Trump says ceasefire permanent

WRAPUP 6-Russian police deploy in Syria's Kobani, Trump says ceasefire permanent

WRAPUP 6-Russian police deploy in Syria's Kobani, Trump says ceasefire permanent

At least 120 civilians in Syria and 20 in Turkey have died as a result of the nearly two-week old assault, with 176,000 Syrians displaced by the violence, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Reports late Tuesday indicated that a new wave of Syrian civilians was on the move away from the Syrian-Turkish border as the cease-fire was set to expire.

Turkey's military says the USA has told it that all Kurdish fighters have now left that area.

Under the 10-point deal, Kurdish fighters would have 150 hours starting at noon Wednesday - meaning, until next Tuesday at 6 p.m. - to withdraw from the border.

Under that deal, Turkey will maintain control over the region it holds since its incursion, an area which runs roughly 75 miles along the border and spans a depth of about 20 miles.

The new deal has seen Russian Federation agreeing to allow Turkish troops to remain in the area they have taken and retaining sole control.

That change reflects the fact that Turkey, which had aimed to be the dominant force in the "safe zone" area, will now have to share that territory with Assad and Putin, who have both said that Turkish forces can not remain in Syria in the long term.

US President Donald Trump, accused by the Kurds of betraying Washington's key allies in the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group, called the agreement a "big success".

On Oct. 17, a US delegation headed by Vice President Mike Pence paid a working visit to the capital Ankara, where they met Erdogan and discussed Turkey's anti-terror operation.

The biggest winners are Turkey and Russian Federation.

But after six hours in a private meeting between Mr Erdogan and Mr Putin, the two sides agreed a deal.

Russian Federation has powerful sway on all sides.

"The main aim of the operation is to take out PKK/YPG terror organisations from the area and to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees", Erdogan told a joint news conference with Putin.

What is the safe zone that Turkey proposes?

Turkey's military operation was widely condemned by its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union allies, who said it was causing a new humanitarian crisis in Syria's eight-year conflict and could allow Islamic State prisoners being held by the YPG to escape and regroup.

Kurdish militias have yet to indicate whether they will agree to those demands.

"They prefer to leave the Kurds at the border and practically force them to fight the Turks", he said. "We are going nowhere", he said. "I hope that this agreement is beneficial to our countries and to our brothers in Syria". On Tuesday, Assad called Erdogan "a thief" and said he was ready to support any "popular resistance" against Turkey's invasion.

"If Turkey maintains its aggressive path, it must bear a cost for undermining United States security interests", Republican Senator Jim Risch said at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Ilham Ahmed, head of the SDF's political wing - speaking with The Defense Post on Monday as part of a tour through Washington to try to reverse Trump's pullout decision - said that if American troops can not defend the Kurds of northern Syria from Turkish attack, "They will have not any role in Syria". Turkey argues that the Kurdish fighters are terrorists.

USA special forces had been partnering with Kurdish militia in Syria since 2014 to destroy the Islamic State caliphate. He estimated dozens had got out so far.

Some EU states argue for freezing funds, others want EU money to continue flowing to Turkey to keep most refugees there and avoid a repeat of a 2015 crisis in which hundreds of thousands of war refugees poured into Europe from Turkey.

Mr Jeffrey is due to testify to the Democratic-led House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee tomorrow (US time).

With Moscow's aid - along with assistance from Iran and its proxies, especially the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah - Syrian government forces regrouped and pushed back against rebel forces.

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