Kurds reach deal with Syrian army to resist Turkish offensive

epa07918068 People watch Turkish-Syria border as smoke rises from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces at Tal Abyad town as seen from Akcakale district in Sanliurfa, Turkey, 13 October 2019. Turkey has launched an offensive targeting Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, days after the US withdrew troops from the area. EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

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The Kurds in Syria say the Syrian government has agreed to send its army to the northern border to try to halt Turkey’s offensive against them.

Syrian state media earlier reported that government forces had been deployed to the north.

It follows the US decision to pull all its remaining troops from the area over the “untenable” situation there.

The Turkish assault launched last week, is aimed at forcing Kurdish forces from along the border area.

Areas under control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the main US ally in the area, have come under heavy bombardment over the weekend, with Turkey making gains in two key border towns.


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