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    A Kurdish fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) watches a convoy of US armoured vehicles during a patrol of the northeastern town of Qahtaniyah at the border with Turkey, on October 31, 2019

    SDF, US-Led International Coalition Resume Cooperation to Fight Daesh - Commander

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    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Wednesday that they had resumed cooperation with the US-led international coalition against the Daesh terrorist group in northeast Syria.

    "As a result of a series of meetings with leaders of the coalition, SDF resumes working with the coalition to combat IS [Daesh] and protect the infrastructure of northeastern Syria, in accordance with the current stage and the last developments on the ground", Mazloum Abdi, the SDF commander, wrote on Twitter.

    Since 2014, the US-led international coalition has been conducting military operations against the Daesh terror group in Syria, without the government's consent.

    On 9 October, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from northeast Syria after holding telephone talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who promptly launched an offensive against Kurdish militia groups and the Daesh in the region.

    On 17 October, the United States and Turkey agreed to a 120-hour ceasefire in the area to allow the withdrawal of the Kurdish fighters.

    As the five-day ceasefire came to an end, Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached a deal that would see the Kurdish fighters pull back from the border area with Turkey.

    In addition, Moscow and Ankara have begun joint patrols in the operation zone along the Turkish border.

    *Daesh (ISIS, IS, ISIL, Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.

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