Russian military police and Turkish border troops have started patrolling the areas along Syria-Turkey border. The patrols came as a part of a deal reached earlier this month by the presidents of the two countries.
The mission began in the vicinity of al-Darbasiyah on Friday.
Footage from the scene shows a massive convoy of military vehicles, including armored personnel carriers and mine-resistant trucks – from both Russia and Turkey – driving through the Syrian countryside.
Russia has deployed its military police for the job, while Turkey has apparently sent in border guards.
The deployment was agreed during a meeting between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on October 22. The goal of the joint patrols is to maintain security within a ‘safe zone’ along the Turkish-Syrian border.
Creation of the ‘safe zone’ was the stated goal of a Turkish mission in northeastern Syria, dubbed ‘Operation Peace Spring,’ which kicked off early this month. The campaign targeted Kurdish-led militias, considered to be “terrorists” by Ankara, who were in control of this part of Syria.