Syrian army deploys to town in country’s northeast after Kurdish deal

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Syrian army troops entered the town of Tall Tamr in northeastern Syria, state media reported on Monday, after Damascus reached an agreement with the Kurdish-led forces controlling the region to deploy into the area to counter an attack by Turkey.

Soldiers waving Syrian flags deployed west of Tall Tamr, not far from the flashpoint border town of Ras al-Ain, which has been a key target of Turkish forces and their proxies since they launched their onslaught six days ago.

Tall Tamr is on a strategically important highway, the M4, that runs east to west. Turkish forces said they had seized the highway on Sunday. Tall Tamr is 35 km southeast of Ras al-Ain, one of the focal points of the Turkish assault.

On October 9, Turkey launched a broad cross-border offensive on areas that were controlled by Kurdish-led forces it considers to be a terrorist organization.

The move came after a pullback of US troops from the border area effectively gave Ankara a green light to launch its long-prepared operation.

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