Turkey, US begin ‘safe zone’ joint patrols in north Syria

Turkish and US troops are conducting their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria as part of a planned so-called safe zone that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile region.

Turkey hopes the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep, will keep Syrian Kurdish fighters, considered a threat by Turkey but US allies in the fight against the Islamic State group, away from its border.

— AP

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