Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighter stands near a former YPG office in Tal Abyad, Syria [File: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters]

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have not fully withdrawn from the Syria-Turkey border territory as agreed in a Russia-brokered accord, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said, as Turkey prepares to discuss its next steps with Russia.

“There are those who have withdrawn. [Syrian] regime elements are confirming this, Russia is confirming this as well. But it is not possible to say all of them have withdrawn,” Cavusoglu said on Monday.


After Turkey launched an offensive into northeast Syria this month aimed at driving the YPG out of a planned “safe zone” along the border, Moscow and Ankara struck a deal splitting control of northeast

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