Turkey says it will eliminate remaining Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria

Turkey will eliminate any Syrian Kurdish YPG militia fighters that remain in a planned “safe zone” in northeastern Syria after the expiration of a 150-hour deadline agreed upon by Ankara and Moscow, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Tuesday (29 October).

Russia has informed Turkey that YPG fighters have left a strip of land near the Syrian-Turkish border within a deadline set by Ankara and Moscow, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Iranian and Russian counterparts in Geneva, Çavuşoğlu said Turkey believes its Russian partners when it says that the YPG has left the area along its border with Syria, but that it “cannot trust terrorists”.

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