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Russia, Turkey begin co-ordinated patrols in Idlib, hold exercise in Black Sea

13 March 2019
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Russia and Turkey initiated co-ordinated patrols on 8 March to implement a de-militarised zone in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, a major area held by Syrian rebels, as part of a deal struck last year, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced that same day.

“Russia will begin patrols in the border area outside Idlib, while patrols by the Turkish armed forces will start in the demilitarised zone,” Akar told the state-run Anadolu news agency.

“The route of the patrol includes six points: Kafr Lusin and Al-Dana, [which are] districts north of Idlib [city]; Atarib town west of Aleppo city; and Qammari, Qanater and Al-Eiss towns southwest of Aleppo city,” he added.

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