Kurds leave besieged Syria border town

Turkey on Sunday said Kurdish fighters were withdrawing from the border town of Ras al-Ain under an agreement brokered with the United States.

“A convoy of approximately 55 vehicles entered Ras al-Ain and a convoy of 86 vehicles departed in the direction of Tal Tamr,” the Turkish defence ministry said in a statement and simultaneously distributed pictures of the evacuation.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces withdrew fully from the Turkish-besieged border town of Ras al-Ain in northern Syria Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

Turkey’s Defence Ministry said one Turkish soldier was killed on Sunday in an attack by Kurdish fighters in the Tal Abyad border area.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for the Human Rights said that the U.S. forces withdrew from Sarrin, their largest base in northern Syria on Sunday, a monitor said.

On Sunday, more than 70 U.S. armoured vehicles escorted by helicopters drive past the northern Syrian town of Tal Tamr carrying military equipment. Some flew the American stars-and-stripes flag as they made their way eastwards, he said.


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