Turkish-backed militants to handover 18 captured Syrian soldiers to Russia

The 18 soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that were captured by the Turkish-backed militants this week in northeastern Syria will be handed over to the Russian military police, a source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News this afternoon.

According to the source, the Turkish and Russian armed forces negotiated a deal to release these soldiers to the military police as they were in the negotiated safe zone when they were captured by the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA).

Despite this gesture of goodwill between Turkey and Russia, the Syrian Arab Army and SNA continued to clash in the western countryside of Tal Tamr.