Turkey, US Begin Patrols in Northern Syria

Independent patrols start in town of Manbij

Image Credits: Hussein.abosalah / Wikimedia Commons.

Turkish and U.S. soldiers have started independent patrols in northern Syria along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish militia fighters are based, Turkey’s military said on Monday.

Earlier this month Turkey and the United States endorsed a tentative deal to overcome months of dispute over the town.

Ankara has been infuriated by U.S. support for the Kurdish YPG militia – which it views as a terrorist organization – and has threatened to target Manbij because of the presence of Kurdish fighters there, alongside U.S. troops.

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