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Turkey, Russia begin joint patrols in northern Syria - source

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SEVIMLI, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish and Russian troops began conducting their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday, a Turkish military source told Reuters.

Ankara and Moscow had agreed to conduct joint patrols in the region under a deal struck by President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Erdogan said on Wednesday the patrols would be at a depth of 7 km (4 miles) in Syrian territory.

Reporting by Bulent Usta; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler

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