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Kurds begin withdrawal in compliance with truce with Turkey

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The main alliance of Kurdish- led militias confirmed on Sunday its complete withdrawal from the Syrian border town of Ras al Ain, as stipulated by the truce agreed with Turkey.

“Within the framework of the temporary ceasefire of military operations with the Turkish side and through US mediation, the city of Ras al Ain was completely evacuated today by the combatants of the Forces of Democratic Syria. There is no longer any combatant within the city,” said Kino Gabriel, a spokesman for the FSD, on his Twitter account.

The FSD has not offered more details about the withdrawal process, however local media describe that the combatants left in dozens of military vehicles. In addition, a medical convoy arrived in the morning to evacuate the injured and transport the bodies of the fatalities.

The evacuation is a boost to the unstable ceasefire since it began Thursday night. Clashes have arisen daily, with occasional artillery firing, especially around Ras al-Ayn, a border town where Kurdish fighters have been surrounded by Turkish-led forces.

Minutes before the statement, local media reported the bombing of the city of Til Rifat in Shehba and the villages of Minix and Shewarxe in the Afrin district in Shera by the Turkish army and mercenaries.

This day is the third after the 120-hour ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the Syrian Kurdish militias.

The Turks began an offensive in northern Syria on October 9 under the pretext of removing Kurdish militias from the Turkish border and establishing a safe area in the northeast of the country to settle thousands of Syrian refugees who remain in Turkish territory, to despite the protest of the Government of Damascus.

Also, authorities in the northeast region of Syria have denounced the use of prohibited weapons by the Turkish army in their attacks against the civilian population.

Foza Yûsif, a member of the Executive Council of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM), said there were strong indications that the Turkish state used prohibited weapons in northern Syria and requested the inspection of an independent delegation.

Under the name Fuente de Paz, the operation faces Kurdish formations including the SDS, the militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Popular Protection Units (YPG) that dominate the Syrian northeast and to which Turkey links with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which he considers a terrorist.

For its part, the Syrian Government denounced that the Turkish offensive violates territorial integrity and international law. Syria reached an agreement with the Kurdish-Syrians to confront the Turkish offensive even though it does not recognize Kurdish autonomy east of the Euphrates River, nor its armed arm the SDS.

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Eastern Libyan Parliament breaks off relations with Turkey

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There is currently a duality of powers in Libya: the interim government, which controls the eastern part of the country along with the parliament, and the UN-backed National Accord Government in Tripoli (northwest).

The Parliament of Eastern Libya, as one of the powers controlling the eastern part of the African country, which has two divided governments, approved on Saturday the breaking of relations with Turkey, after Ankara voted on Thursday to send troops to that nation.

In addition, the embassies between the two countries were ordered to be closed and these decisions were taken unanimously by the Libyan MPs.

Meanwhile, the commander of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who commands one of the powers in the African country, and supported by the Libyan parliament, announced the general mobilization to resist the foreign troops before.

“Today we declare Jihad (holy war) and general mobilization. Weapons will be given to both men and women, to the military and civilians,” the military chief said in a video address.

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved a plan to send troops in support of the UN-recognised Fayez al-Sarraj National Accord Government (NAG). Al Sarraj called for Turkish military cooperation to deal with the Libyan National Army offensive led by Haftar.

The approved plan gives a period of one year for the deployment of troops. The text does not define when it will be, nor how many troops will be deployed.

Haftar called the HLG a traitor for asking for Turkey’s help. “They signed an agreement of humiliation and disgrace with Turkey without any popular, constitutional or moral support,” he added.

Since the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been in the throes of a crisis generated by clashes between rival factions, the emergence of jihadist groups and mafias engaged in trafficking irregular migrants from Africa to Europe.

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Turkey and Algeria strengthen relations during Erdogan’s official visit

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Erdogan has said the situation in neighbouring Libya was the focus of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Sunday with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune as part of his official visit to the African country.

“It was a fruitful meeting with Tebboune. We discussed the common steps that could be taken in areas such as economy, trade, investment, the defense industry and tourism, among others, and the cooperation between the two countries,” said the Turkish leader.

Erdogan pointed out that the situation in neighbouring Libya was the central theme of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

“It is impossible for us to turn a blind eye to the spilled blood of our brothers in Libya and the overthrow of the legitimate government. We fully support the Libyan-sponsored political process under the leadership of the UN and the achievement of a ceasefire,” Erdogan said.

After the bilateral signature for the creation of a High Level Strategic Cooperation Council, the Turkish president said that Ankara will stand by Tripoli to prevent Libya “from becoming a playground for terrorist groups and warlords.

Erdogan’s visit to Algeria will allow the strengthening of bilateral relations from an economic and investment point of view, while several Turkish companies work in Algerian territory, mainly in trade, construction and services.

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Russia and Turkey advocate cessation of harassment in Libya

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The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called on the parties in Libya to declare a ceasefire since Sunday, January 12.

“I would like to emphasize a call – which Presidents Putin and Erdogan have addressed to all Libyan parties – to cease hostilities and declare a ceasefire starting Sunday, January 22,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the meeting held by the leaders in Istanbul.

For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mavlut Cavusoglu ratified this position in favor of the cessation of hostilities in Libya, where the Government of National Agreement (GNA), based in Tripoli, and the House of Representatives (HoR), with headquarters in Tobruk, with support from the Libyan National Army (LNA) of General Khalifa Haftar.

The fighting in Libya continues after the military aggression of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2011 and the assassination of leader Muammar Ghadafi.

Turkey recently intervened in favor of the GNA and sent ground troops to the nation of North Africa, while Russia has maintained communications with Haftar and rejects foreign intervention in the conflict.

Meanwhile, the GAN attacked on Wednesday positions occupied by its opposition in Sirte and caused 10 deaths.

Nuray Buldan

An accomplished writer and debator, Nuray has a great passion for reporting news around Turkey. She is extremely well-versed in politics and especially the main issues today revolving around Erdoğan and the Syrian Turkish conflict. Beyond formal writing and reporting, Nuray also enjoys poetry and novels in both English and Turkish.

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