Russian forces allied with the Syrian government on Tuesday began patrolling areas in Syria where U.S. troops were previously stationed to support Kurdish allies. Russian units reportedly began to fill the void left between Turkish and Syrian forces after U.S. troops started leaving following President Trump's military pullback. Kurds, who were working with the U.S. to eradicate the Islamic State in the region, were forced to reach an agreement with Syria's government that allowed troops to seize several towns in the northeastern part of the country. Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from the area, giving Turkey the opportunity to invade Syria and launch an assault on the Kurds. A senior Russian official said Moscow was working to prevent a clash between Ankara and Damascus.

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