Turkey Threatens to Attack Kurdish Fighters Who Remain Near Syria Border

Turkey's foreign minister sets 3 P.M. deadline on Tuesday for Kurdish troops to move 30 km from the Turkish border

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Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) prepare to withdraw from the border area, October 27, 2019
Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) prepare to withdraw from the border area, October 27, 2019Credit: AFP

Turkey's foreign minister says his country's military will attack any Syrian Kurdish fighter that remains along the border area in northeast Syria after a deadline for them to leave expires.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters Monday Russian and Syrian officials provided information that some Kurdish fighters had pulled out of the border area, but others still had not. The Kurdish withdrawal is in line with a Russian-Turkish agreement reached last week.

The Syrian Kurdish fighters have until 3 p.m. GMT Tuesday to pull back to positions about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the Turkish border.

Turkey and Russia will conduct joint patrols along a border strip once the Kurdish forces leave.

Cavusoglu said a Russian military delegation was scheduled to arrive in Turkey to discuss the planned joint patrols.

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