Turkey and Russia negotiate small-scale military operation in northern Syria

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Ankara and Moscow signed a deal in 2019 whereby Russia committed to withdrawing YPG forces from the 30km-deep border area. Russia has military bases in YPG-controlled territories, but it is a promise yet to be upheld by Moscow, according to Turkish officials. Sources familiar with the negotiations say Tal Rifaat might be among the targeted sites in an upcoming offensive. The operation, if it goes forward, would be the fourth of its kind mounted by Ankara in northern Syria since 2016. It is not immediately clear what Iran's reaction towards a Turkish operation in northern Syria would be, since Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-allied militias are actively participating in Syrian government efforts to guard northern Aleppo and Tal Rifaat.
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