US, Turkey Start Coordinated Patrols in Syrian Town of Manbij

© AP Photo / Hussein MallaA U.S. soldier walks on a newly installed position, near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
A U.S. soldier walks on a newly installed position, near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Sputnik International
Subscribe
US
India
Global
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist group, agreed to retreat to the east side of the Euphrates River, meeting a longstanding demand by Ankara.

Meanwhile, the US-led coalition and Turkish forces have begun independent but coordinated patrols along a demarcation line near the Syrian town of Manbji while planning for joint patrols in the future, the US Central Command said in a press release.

"In accordance with the Manbij Roadmap and Manbij Security Principles, coordinated independent patrol activities by Turkish and coalition forces began June 18," the release said on Monday.

A tank belonging to Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed Syrian Arab fighters is seen in the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin in northwestern Syria after they took control of it from Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on March 18, 2018 - Sputnik International
Turkish Army Occupies Outskirts of Syria's Manbij (PHOTO, VIDEO)
The release added that both parties "are continuing to plan for combined patrols with a commitment to increase cooperation based on conditions on the ground."

A US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, the People’s Protection Units, agreed to leave Manbij earlier in a deal intended to ease tensions between the United States and Turkey, both NATO allies.

 

 

Newsfeed
0
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
loader
Chats
Заголовок открываемого материала