Fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) with a Russian soldier in Afrin area, in Aleppo northern countryside
The Russian troops stationed in Aleppo northern countryside began withdrawing their forces from the village of Kafr Janneh, about 10 km northeast of the city of Afrin in Aleppo northern countryside.
NSO reporter said that the Russian forces went out in two batches from its checkpoint in Kafr Janneh controlled by the "People's Protection Units - YPG" towards Aleppo city, controlled by the forces of the Assad regime.
NSO reporter quoted another local source as saying that he saw the Russian troops gathering near al-Faisal mill near the village of Deir Jammal, southeast of Afrin, while Al-Mayadin channel, close to the Assad regime, said that the Russian forces set up a new security point in Tel Ajar east of Afrin, Our reporter could not confirm whether the Russian forces would establish a permanent point there or they were temporarily suspended.
NSO reporter in the city of Afrin said that the first batch of Russian troops left Kafr Janneh towards the city of Aleppo at 8:30 this morning, which was the largest batch included three "Zil" trucks carrying dozens of soldiers, and three heavy vehicles in addition to most of the equipment they had of water tanks, fuels, heaters, blankets and beds, where the convoy included two vehicles to transport fuel.
The second batch came out at 1 pm, consisting of only two cars, one carrying the remaining members of the point, while the other carrying the rest of the tools and equipment. NSO reporter said he saw Russian soldiers above a tank and a BMB vehicle waving to the people as they left.
The Russian point in Kafr Janneh is the only point of Russian forces in the region and has been established for about six months. It is located in the "Pioneers Camp" near the town. It included dozens of fighters, the Russian flag was raised on its roof. Russian officers during the past periods visited the bombed areas of the Turkish army.
The withdrawal of Russian troops from Kafr Janneh coincided with Turkish statements today on the start of the Afrin operation by bombing the YPG sites in the region following a meeting held yesterday, which included Turkish Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar, and Head of the Intelligence Service Hakan Fidan, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shweigo and Russian Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov.
Turkish army artillery shelled positions of the People's Protection Units (YPG) east of the Euphrates River in the countryside of Aleppo on Thursday, while the Syrian Free Army fighters targeted a YPG site in Afrin area.
The Turkish army is preparing with the joining forces of the FSA factions to launch a military operation against the PYD militants in the Afrin region, coinciding with the arrival of Turkish military reinforcements to the border with Syria and continuous artillery shelling on PYD militants sites in the area.