Vehicle bomb explosion kills at least 13 people in Syrian border town

Displaced people fleeing from the countryside of the Syrian Kurdish-held town of Ras al Ayn along the border with Turkey ride a motorcycle together along a road on the outskirts of the nearby town of Tal Tamr

Turkey, Russia launch joint patrols in northern Syria

The US forces have begun to withdraw from Syria shortly before Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring on Oct 9 to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria in order to secure its border, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.

Turkish troops seized the town after they launched a military offensive against Kurdish forces last month and forced them to withdraw from the border area.

But the extremists continue to claim deadly attacks in SDF-held areas, and this week they announced they had a new leader after their former chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid. He condemned the United States decision to pull out of Syria, saying the move gave "the green light for the Turkish attack against our people" and violated agreements between his group and Washington.

"We condemn this inhuman attack of the bloody PKK/YPG terrorists who attacked the innocent civilians of Tel Abyad who returned to their homes and lands as a result of the Operation Peace Spring", Turkey's defence ministry said on Twitter. Turkey's Defense Ministry blamed the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, the group it targeted when it sent troops over the border October 9. "Turkey is responsible for civilian casualties in the region it controls", Bali tweeted, The Associated Press reported.

People check the destruction after a vehicle bomb exploded in Tal Abyad, Syria, Friday, Nov. 2, 2019.

The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said he mistrusted both the Syrian government and Russian Federation, but said in remarks published Saturday that he would follow "a political path" for the sake of peace.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, reported that US troops were setting up a post near the northern border city of Qamishli that is part of the Russia-Turkey agreement. Until the United States pulled out of Syria the SDF, whose members are for the most part Kurds, enjoyed the support of a Washington-led coalition in its fight against the Islamic State group.

But on Saturday, US troops visited Kurdish forces in Qamishli in the second such spotting of American forces in northeastern Syria since that announcement. Syrian government troops and Russian military police subsequently moved into areas along the border.

President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday the Sochi agreement was "temporary", and will eventually pave the way for his government to retake Syria's northeast.

The group did not comment on who was behind the attack.

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