The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation declared that in the last 24 hours, 1,211 Syrian refugees have returned to their home country from Lebanon and Jordan on October 9. It was stated that 474 people including 142 women and 242 children left Lebanon via Jaydet-Yabus and Talkalakh checkpoints and 737 people including 221 women and 376 children from Jordan via Nasib checkpoints. Moreover, since July 18, 2018, total 430,090 Syrians have successfully returned to their home from abroad.
Based on the consolidated information provided by the United Nations Human High Commissioner for Refugees, as per June 3, 2019, there are still 6,655,584 Syrian refugees including 1,996,675 women and 3,394,348 children who are seeking asylum in nearly 45 countries. Most of these refugees have found shelter in Turkey while the least are there in Latvia. Most of the Syrian people have expressed their wish to return back homelands and reportedly, 12 checkpoints have already been deployed for the returnees.
As per reports, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to launch a military operation into northeastern Syria, where US troops are currently deployed and have been trying to dissipate tensions between Washington's two allies-Ankara and Syrian Kurds. Turkish President's threats have come as a warning that a US-Turkish deal to secure Syria's troubling border was faltering. He said that Turkish military strike against the U.S-backed Kurdish forces can begin maybe today or tomorrow.
On October 7, the US announced that American forces will be leaving the northeastern border while Turkey claimed that they are ready for the operation against Islamic State (IS). There were nearly 1,000 US troops in northern Syria, however, it still remains unclear if this statement will follow the withdrawal of all of them. Turkey has reportedly been planning this operation for a long time in northern Syria. A US official reportedly told an international agency that American forces had also evacuated on two observation posts at Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain in northeast Syria, along the Turkish border. Moreover, troops deployed in other areas were purportedly still in position.