Russia, Turkey agree to Syria deal

Russia and Turkey agreed to a deal Tuesday that would establish patrols by both country’s military forces along the border of Syria within a week.

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Russian and Turkish military will start the patrols at 6 p.m. Oct. 29, CNN reported.

The announcement came as Kurdish fighters completed their pullout from a section of the Syrian-Turkish border as required by a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that was set to expire.

“I believe that this agreement will start a new era toward Syria’s lasting stability and it being cleared of terrorism. I hope that this agreement is beneficial to our countries and to our brothers in Syria,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after spending six hours brokering the deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Under the 10-point deal, Kurdish fighters would have 150 hours starting at noon Wednesday — meaning at 6 p.m. next Tuesday EDT — to withdraw from the border.

Russian and Syrian government forces would move into that area immediately to ensure the Kurdish fighters pull back.

Then at the end of the 150 hours, Russian-Turkish patrols would begin along a six-mile strip of the border.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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