U.S. and Turkish forces have accomplished their second joint patrol within the space of Manbij, Syria, the place Kurdish militia have been essential to defeating Islamic State fighters.
Two U.S. army officers confirmed the patrols in northern Syria to VOA on Thursday. The primary joint patrol was final week.
The convoy of dozens of troops patrolled northwest of Manbij alongside the demarcation line dividing Turkish-controlled territory from the realm managed by the U.S.-backed Manbij Navy Council.
The Pentagon says the aim of the patrols is to assist “long-term safety in Manbij” and uphold American commitments to NATO ally Turkey.
Since June, U.S. and Turkish forces performed greater than 60 of what protection officers have referred to as “coordinated however unbiased” patrols within the space.
Ankara and Washington agreed on a highway map to stabilize Manbij earlier that month, amid Turkish calls for for the withdrawal of Kurdish militia who helped push Islamic State from town in 2016.
These Kurdish militia fighters, often called the Individuals’s Safety Models (YPG), are bolstered by Washington as a part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) countering Islamic State.
Ankara views the YPG, nevertheless, because the Syrian department of the Kurdistan Employees’ Social gathering (PKK), which Turkey, the U.S. and European Union all take into account to be a terrorist group. The U.S. and the YPG reject that characterization.
On account of the highway map, the Manbij Navy Council introduced in July that each one Kurdish militia who have been related to YPG had left town.
Kurdish counter-IS battle suspended
In the meantime, in japanese Syria’s Deir el-Zour province, the SDF continues to droop its offensive towards IS over current Turkish shelling.
Final week, Turkish forces struck a number of Kurdish militia targets close to the city of Kobani, in northern Syria.
The SDF stated it fired again in self-defense and destroyed a Turkish army car.