Russia moves in as US troops pull out of Syria

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan cemented their control of Northern Syria and brokered a new deal after a six-hour meeting.
1:29 | 10/23/19

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We move to the latest on the crisis in Syria. As U.S. Troops continue to pull back, Russia is moving in. Reaching a deal with Turkey on controlled kurdish territory and James Longman reports from the region this morning. Good morning, James. Reporter: Good morning, George. America moving out, Syria's future now firmly in the hands of these dominant power brokers, presidents Putin and erdogan cementing their control of the north after a six-hour meeting. The two agreed to a new deal. Turkey will retain its control of the area, its claim after these last two weeks of fighting but kurdish forces are required to withdraw from even more, a strip of territory to the east and west along the border. Edwards Juan saying kurdish military positions are to be destroyed and kurdish soldiers will be forced to pull back. His ultimate goal to resettle 2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey into that kurdish region meaning the fate of thousands of kurds already uprooted from their homes is still in the balance. Without their American partners in the face of a looming humanitarian crisis, the kurds may have little choice but to accept, George. James, at least some of the U.S. Troops pulling out will be going to Iraq. That comes with controversy as well. Reporter: Yeah, that's right. The Iraqis are now publicly refusing to allow them in and so the defense secretary mark Esper has been making their case. We heard that Iraq will have four weeks in which to leave. This has been a chaotic situation and one over which Russia and Turkey have taken full advantage. George. James Longman, thanks very much.

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