- Title: Turkish forces remain at border as Turkey pauses operation
- Date: 17th October 2019
- Summary: AKCAKALE, TURKEY (OCTOBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS CONVOY OF TURKEY-BACKED REBELS DRIVING THROUGH BORDER TOWN OF AKCAKALE/ SHOOTING VIDEOS AND WAVING
- Embargoed: 31st October 2019 19:54
- Keywords: Syria Turkey military operation convoy Turkish army Syrian Kurdish militia YPG Syria opposition
- Location: AKCAKALE, TURKEY; UNKNOWN LOCATION, TURKEY; UNKNOWN LOCATION, SYRIA
- City: AKCAKALE, TURKEY; UNKNOWN LOCATION, TURKEY; UNKNOWN LOCATION, SYRIA
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1HLUTJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Video released by the Turkish Defence Ministry on Thursday (October 17) showed Turkish forces had remained in their positions in the northern Syria as Turkey agreed to a ceasefire.
The pause in the military operation was intended to allow the withdrawal of PKK/YPG groups from the 'safe zone'. On the same day, Turkey-backed Syrian rebels were seen driving in convoys towards the Syrian border.
Turkey will primarily enforce a "safe zone" in northern Syria, according to a joint statement with the United States after high-level talks in Ankara at which the sides agreed the Turkish military would pause attacks against a Kurdish militia.
Under the agreement the NATO allies reached on Thursday, Turkey would stop its operation for five days in northern Syria against the Kurdish YPG militia, while it withdraws from a region along the Turkish border.
Speaking after four hours of meetings between delegations from both sides, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara had got what it wanted.
Ankara considers the YPG a terrorist organisation with links to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in Turkey. The YPG was a main U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State.
(Production: Omer Berberoglu, Deniz Uyar)
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