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Fragile deal reached in northeastern Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/23/19, 11:00 am

Russian military police on Wednesday resumed patrol duties along parts of the Syrian border after a “safe-zone” agreement with Turkey. The deal followed more than six hours of talks on Tuesday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Free Burma Rangers

A cruel withdrawal

Middle East | The departure of U.S. forces from Syria allows Turkish forces to target civilians with atrocities—even during a U.S.-brokered cease-fire
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/22/19, 01:11 pm

“There is no cease-fire here,” said Dave Eubank, director of Free Burma Rangers, one of the few U.S.-based aid groups working near the front lines in northeast Syria. Three days into a five-day cease-fire brokered by Vice President Mike Pence, bombs and artillery fire rained on the city of Ras al-Ain in defiance of the agreement. Eyewitnesses like Eubank reported widespread atrocities, including alleged use of chemical weapons, contradicting assurances from Washington and Ankara of creating a “safe zone” inside Syria.

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Cease-fire violations in Syria continue

International | A Syrian Democratic Forces commander reports ‘ethnic cleansing’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/21/19, 12:44 pm

SYRIA: Turkish forces continue to fire on Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces as they pull out from Ras al-Ain, with reports of at least one SDF soldier wounded on Monday. Violations of the U.S.-orchestrated cease-fire agreement have been continuous. The SDF commander said Sunday that cease-fire violations included “ethnic cleansing.” President Donald Trump has indicated he may bow to Pentagon requests to leave U.S.

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