November 1, 2019 / 9:23 AM / a month ago

Turkey, Russia begin joint patrols in northern Syria - source

Turkish military vehicles arrive at the Turkish-Syrian border before a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeast Syria, near the Turkish border town of Kiziltepe in Mardin province, Turkey, November 1, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

SEVIMLI, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish and Russian troops began conducting their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday, a Turkish military source told Reuters.

Ankara and Moscow had agreed to conduct joint patrols in the region under a deal struck by President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Erdogan said on Wednesday the patrols would be at a depth of 7 km (4 miles) in Syrian territory.

Reporting by Bulent Usta; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler

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