ANKARA

Turkish and Russian troops completed their third joint ground patrols in northern Syria as part of an agreed-upon deal, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry on Friday.

The ministry said in a tweet that the patrols were carried out between Qamishli and Derik cities, east of the Euphrates, which were cleared of terrorists by Turkey, and continued for three hours and forty-five minutes.

They were backed by drones and four armored vehicles of the Turkish army, the statement added.

The third round of patrols marked a first for the Turkish army as it crossed into eastern Qamishli for the very first

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