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Russian, Turkish Military Carry Out 8th Joint Patrol in Syria’s North

The goal of the patrol was to monitor the situation in Syrian settlements eastward from the customs checkpoint in Aylishar along the Syrian-Turkish border.

The Russian military police and the Turkish border service have carried out their eighth joint patrol in northern Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday.

“On 18 November, starting at 10:06 a.m. local time [08:06 GMT], the joint patrol of Russian military police and the Turkish armed forces began operating in the border area, located several kilometers north from the settlement of Kobane,” the ministry said in a statement.

The joint patrol included eight units of military equipment — Russia provided Tigr and Typhoon armoured vehicles, while Turkey contributed Kirpi armoured vehicles — as well as 50 troops from both sides. A Russian Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle monitored the movement of the column in real time.

Kobane, officially known as Ayn al-Arab, was one of the centres of the self-proclaimed Kurdish autonomy in Syria’s north. The US military left bases near Kobane following the launch of Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring. After talks with the Kurds, the Syrian army entered Kobane.

On 22 October, Turkey and Russia concluded a memorandum that details conditions for the peaceful withdrawal of Kurdish forces to a distance of 18.6 miles from the Turkish border. The 10-point document envisions regular joint patrol missions to ensure the implementation of the deal