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Kurdish fighters compelled to leave besieged Syrian town

AFP/Ras Al Ain (Syria)
Filed on October 21, 2019 | Last updated on October 21, 2019 at 06.18 am
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A Kurdish source said there was a "plan to withdraw" from Ras Al Ain.

Dozens of Kurdish fighters left a Turkish-besieged town in northern Syria on Sunday, in what appeared to be the start of a wider withdrawal under a ceasefire deal.

Ankara launched a cross-border attack against Syria's Kurds on October 9 after the United States announced a military pullout from the north of the war-torn country. A US-brokered ceasefire was announced late on Thursday, giving Kurdish forces until Tuesday evening to withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara wants to create along its southern frontier.

A Kurdish source said there was a "plan to withdraw" from Ras Al Ain, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, later said Kurdish forces had fully withdrawn from the border town.

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