Turkey hands over 18 Syrian soldiers after Russian coordination

Turkey has handed over 18 men believed to be Syrian government soldiers who were seized in northeast Syria near the Turkish border earlier this week, the Turkish Defence Ministry said late on Thursday. The move comes ahead of the scheduled start on Friday of joint Turkish-Russian military patrols in northeast Syria near the border. The 18 men were seized during operations southeast of Syria’s Ras al Ain town on Oct. 29, the defence ministry said on Twitter.

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