Russian-Turkish joint patrol in Syria’s Kobani precedes Tehran’s summit

KOBANI, Syria (North Press) – On Monday, Russian Military Police (MP) and Turkish forces conducted a joint military patrol in the eastern countryside of Kobani, a city north Syria.

This is the 106th patrol between the two forces in the region since the signing of the Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement.

In October 2019, following a Turkish military operation in areas of northeast Syria which resulted in the occupation of Tel Abyad, north of Raqqa, and Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) north of Hasakah, the Turkish president signed two ceasefire agreements, one with Russia and the other with the US.

The ceasefire agreements stipulating halt of all hostilities there and the withdrawal of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) 30 kilometers in depth away from the Turkish border in addition to conducting joint patrols with Russia in order to monitor the implementation of the agreements.

The 106th joint patrol comes a day before the trilateral summit that will bring presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey together in Tehran.

During the summit, the three parties will touch on the Syrian issue.

The patrol, which consisted of eight Russian and Turkish military vehicles, set off from the village of Ashma, 20 kilometers west of Kobani.

It roamed the villages of Charqli Fouqani, Jebnah, Bayadah reaching the village of Zor Maghar, which is situated on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, the last village west of Kobani.

The patrol headed to the east passing by the following villages: Bayadah, Jebnah, Mishko, Binder, Qaraqoy Tahtani, Qola, and Susan, reaching to a checkpoint of Internal Security Forces of North and East Syria (Asayish) near radio area west of Kobani.

The patrol then immediately returned to the starting point in the village of Ashma, passing through the villages of Seftek, Boban, Khorkhoy, Dikmadash, Qeran, Charqli Fouqani.

The Turkish military vehicles returned to Turkey through the gate near Ashma, while the Russian military vehicles returned to their position near the town of Sirrin south of Kobani.

On July 4, the 105th Russian-Turkish patrol in the region was conducted in the eastern countryside of Kobani.

Reporting by Fattah Issa