Syrian army enters key Kurdish-held town

Added On October 18, 2019

The Syrian army has entered the key Kurdish-held town of Ayn al-Arab near Turkey.

Syrian state media reported that Syrian soldiers entered the town in northern Syria on Wednesday. A London-based monitor group says the army entered with Russian military units.
The move comes as part of a recent agreement between the Kurdish forces and the Syrian army to counter Turkish strikes. 
The town is symbolically significant town as it's one of the first places to witness the defeat of the Islamic State militants by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in 2015.
Turkey launched an assault against Kurdish forces in northern Syria earlier this month.  The assault aims to remove what Ankara calls a "terrorist and separatist" threat and create a safe zone for millions of Syrian refugees.