Syrian Kurdish military commander announces SDF deal with Russia

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have come to an agreement with Russian armed forces in Syria, commander of the Kurdish-led SDF Mazloum Kobani said in a tweet on Monday.

Kobani’s tweet in Russian announced a “high level of mutual understanding and agreement on the deployment of Russian forces in Amuda, Tel Tamr and Ayn Issa” reached at a meeting with Alexander Chaiko, the commander of Russia’s armed forces in Syria.

Clashes continue in northern Syria after Turkey’s military incursion into the Kurdish-held regions ended with two separate deals with the United States and Russia, and the SDF agreed to withdraw to 30 km south of the border with Turkey.

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel forces have been clashing with the SDF in several areas, including the three towns cited by Kobani.

The SDF and the U.S.-led international coalition against ISIS forces have returned to Hasakah, Qamishli, Derik and Deir al-Zor to continue to fight ISIS sleeper cells after Kurdish forces which previously spearheaded the war had been driven out of the region, pro-Kurdish news agency Rudaw announced.