Russia deploys troops to the Turkey-Syria border

epa05290100 Russian soldiers march during a rehearsal of Victory Day parade, in which they will take part with a Syrian unit at Hmeimym airbase in Latakia province, Syria, 04 May 2016. Victory Day will be held on 09 May 2016 to mark the 71st anniversary since the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union. Hmeimym airbase serves as the base of operation for the Russian air force in Syria. The United States and Russia have agreed to extend the cease-fire in Syria to the city of Aleppo, the US State Department reported on 04 May. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

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Russian forces have begun to deploy towards the Turkey-Syria border, as part of deal to remove Kurdish troops.

Units have already entered the two key border towns of Kobane and Manbij.

Under the deal agreed by Russia and Turkey, Kurdish fighters were given 150 hours from noon on Wednesday to pull back 30km (18 miles) along the border.

Turkish troops will continue to control an area they took during a recent offensive against the Kurdish fighters, regarded by Turkey as terrorists.

Part of Turkey’s plan is also to create a “safe zone” along the border that will house some two million of the Syrian refugees it hosts.


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