i'm joined by our correspondent dorian jones he's on the story for us tonight is stamboul in turkey good evening to you door you know moscow says that the kurdish forces have left the syrian border area with turkey but we're not hearing much from anyone else from the kurds or from turkey for example why not do we know. well a senior turkish diplomat speaking anonymously is quoted as saying well we have to take the words of the russians the kurdish militia withdrawn but we don't trust them he will now be looking to the joint patrols of russia to verify this withdrawal these patrols will go as far as 10 kilometers deep into syria and also in the last hours of the cease fire has been marred by reports of heavy fighting a russian patrol reportedly operating close to the turkish border in syria came under fire from fire reportedly from turkey while there has also been reports of heavy fighting between militias linked to the turkish army fighting against regime forces with reports of casualties and the turkish defense ministry saying as many as 18 soldiers from the regime have been captur
our correspondent dorian jones is on the story for is a busy day a busy night dorian and so what is happening at the border now this is no longer just an operation of airstrikes is it. yeah that's right in fact to took a shot defense ministry statement announced the ground operation had started said turkish forces has started to cross into syria into these towns that have been held by the syrian kurdish militia this follows. by took a shit tillery and supported by turkish fighter bombers that have been pounding all along the syrian border as far as 3040 kilometers deep into this territory a sustained bombardment and this bunch of the much the way it's typical texas tactics from 2 previous operations of heavy bombardment that paved the way for the operation which is an expected to be a far more attracted a more difficult leg of the operation given the fact that some of this fight is expected to be in heavily densely populated towns and this will raise the specter of a high and growing number of civilian casualties which we already appear to have occurred already in dorian with the u.
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