Russia is Syria’s most powerful allyand helped it turn the tables in the country’s civil war by retaking much ofthe country from rebels since 2015. The Turkish-Russian deal last week allowedSyrian government forces to move back into border regions from which they hadbeen absent for years.(Reuters) Turkey and allied Syrian rebelslaunched a cross-border offensive on Oct. 9 against the Kurdish YPG militia,seizing control of the 120 km (75 miles) of land along the frontier. A television footage showed Turkisharmored vehicles on Friday drove across the border to join their Russiancounterparts. Turkish military vehicles are seen on the Turkish-Syrian border before a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeast Syria, near Kiziltepe town in Mardin province, Turkey on Nov. 1. TURKISH DEFENCE MINISTRY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS SEVIMLI – Turkish and Russian troopsin armored vehicles held their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syriaunder a deal between the two countries that forced a Kurdish militia away fromterritory near Turkey’s border.