Turkish, Russian troops conduct third joint patrol in Syria


Turkey has accused the Syrian Kurdish forces it is fighting in northeastern Syria of releasing IS families from camps last month.

The Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian group active in northeast Syria, said four Syrian army soldiers were killed and seven were wounded, including a general.

Several people were injured, including a cameraman for state-run Syrian TV, according to both SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He noted that although the EU "hates" the Turkish leader, European nations can not but listen to what he has to say.

The sides also agreed on a 32-kilometers (20-miles) safe zone south of the Turkish border in Syria, where Turkey wants to accommodate Syrian refugees it is now hosting.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban pledged his support for Turkey's plans for a so-called safe zone in northern Syria on Thursday during an official visit from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Speaking to reporters before a visit to Hungary, Erdogan said clashes in Syria were continuing, with 11 fighters from the Turkey-backed rebel Syrian National Army killed Thursday. They further added that they would continue their cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until they leave the region. The ministry said on its Twitter account that the Syrian Kurdish fighters attacked with mortars, rockets and sniper fire, without saying where the attacks had occurred.

Turkish officials have complained that YPG/PKK terrorists kept attacking Turkish forces and its allies during the 120-hour pause agreed to with the US, and also that despite the deal with Russian Federation, the YPG/PKK terrorists failed to withdraw.

On Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized a USA decision to send US troops to protect oil fields in eastern Syria, saying no one but Syria has rights over the country's reserves. The agreement with Russian Federation - and a separate one with the U.S. - halted the Turkish invasion of Syria last month that targeted groups it considers a security threat for their links to a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.

"To come from tens of thousands of miles away and to say we will put the country's wealth, oil reserves to use is against global law".

Geir Pedersen says the two co-chairs of the constitutional committee from President Bashar Assad's government and the leading opposition have agreed to meet again on November 25, and that delegations would in coming weeks "hopefully come up with a work plan".