Kurdish fighters withdraw from Syria-Turkey border

Kurdish fighters withdraw from Syria-Turkey border

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US-backed Kurdish fighters have has started pulling back from territory along the border with Turkey, said the Kurdish-led authorities in north-eastern Syria. The People's Protection Units (YPG) has withdrawn some fighters and weaponry from two areas. The move is part of a deal with Turkey and the US, which has forces there.

YPG is a terrorist group which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades. The YPG is a crucial part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance in Syria in the battle against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). Turkey had threatened to launch an assault unless the YPG pulls back from the border and a "safe zone" is set up.