By Mohamad Misto and Selen Temizer
ANKARA (AA) - Continuing military deployment in northern Syria, Russia has settled in three more areas, according to local sources.
Some 20 Russian military police, including officers, were deployed in the town of Amude that is under occupation of YPG/PKK terrorists, said the sources on condition of anonymity.
Near Turkey's border, Amude is a region where Turkish and Russian forces conducted joint patrol following the pause of Turkey’s anti-terror Operation Peace Spring in the region.
Russia and Bashar al-Assad regime forces have also settled in Silos area of the Ayn Isa village, located southeast of Ayn al-Arab.
While the U.S. is shifting its military presence from northern Syria to oil-rich eastern part of the country, Russia has made deployment at three bases in Sarrin, Ayn Issa, and Manbij.
Previously, Russia had also deployed forces at the Tishrin Dam and enforced its presence at the Qamishli Airport.
Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of two million refugees.
Under two separate deals with the U.S. and Russia, Turkey paused the operation to allow the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from the planned northern Syria safe zone.
However, the terrorists have failed to withdraw from some areas and continue to attack soldiers and civilians.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.