Syria: Turkey-U.S. ground patrols in 'safe zone'

Military convoys in Tal Abyad with drones' support

04 October, 13:17

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, OCTOBER 4 - Turkish and US armed forces on Friday morning started a third joint patrol operation in northeastern Syria, where in August the two countries agreed to the creation of a security zone, the Turkish defense ministry reports. The ministry also said that the activity concerns "ground vehicles" and is supported by "drones".

    The joint patrols are in particular in the area of Tal Abyad, near the Turkish border east of the Euphrates river.

    Preparations are thus continuing for the creation of a 'safe zone', strongly promoted by Ankara to push back from its territory Kurdish YPG militias, which it describes as "terrorists", that have been allied with Washington for years in the war on ISIS.

    Many issues however remain unsolved regarding the buffer zone, starting with its extension and the management of the area. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he wants to resettle there at least 2 million out of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey, building 200,000 new homes for a cost of over 26 billion dollars. The Turkish president has asked for the financial support of the international community, threatening to "open the border with Europe if he will not be helped". (ANSAmed).

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