Graphic toont de kaart van Noordoost-Syrië volgens de Turks-Russische deal, en de lokatie van de olievelden die Amerika zegt te willen beschermen.
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Rusland stuurt meer troepen naar Syrië

By Jordi Bou

October 25, 2019 - Rusland heeft rond 300 extra troepen naar Syrië gestuurd onder een akkoord tussen Ankara en Moskou, dat voorziet in het stoppen van de Turkse militaire invasie in Noordoost-Syrië, na abrupt terugtrekken van Amerikaanse troepen.

Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached an agreement on October 22 that would transform the map of northeast Syria, installing their forces along the border and filling the void left by the withdrawal of American troops.

The Kurdish fighters, who once relied on the U.S. forces as protection from Turkey, were given a deadline of October 29 to retreat 30km from the Turkish border.

Claiming success, U.S. President Donald Trump said the cease-fire between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds will be permanent.

He said nearly all U.S. troops will be leaving Syria but some will remain to prevent oil fields in the Deir al-Zour region from falling back into hands of Islamic State (IS) militant group.

The move represents an acknowledgement that IS remains a threat despite Trump’s declaration that the militant group has been vanquished.

PUBLISHED: 26/10/2019; STORY: Graphic News
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