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Kurdish official: deal with Damascus covers deployment, political talks later

BEIRUT, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A top Syrian Kurdish official said a "preliminary military" deal with Damascus is limited to the army's deployment along the border and the two sides will discuss political issues later.

Badran Jia Kurd told Reuters the deal is for government forces to enter border areas from the town of Manbij to Derik in the northeast. He said the Kurdish-led authority was forced to look for ways to protect the region after the U.S. "gave the green light" for a Turkish offensive into the region. (Reporting by Ellen Francis; editing by Christian Schmollinger)