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    Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara is still ready to repel “terrorists”, a term Ankara uses for the formerly US-backed Kurdish militia, despite halting its offensive in northeast Syria.

    As the five-day ceasefire ended, on Tuesday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed that Russian military police and Syrian border guards would facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish militia from an 18-mile safe zone on the Syria-Turkey border within 150 hours.

    On 9 October, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in northeast Syria to clear the area of Kurdish forces and Daesh terror group militants*. The United States and Turkey on 17 October reached an agreement on a 120-hour ceasefire in the area, to allow for the withdrawal of the Kurdish fighters.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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