Turkey, US hold third joint land patrol for safe zone in Syria

  • 12:35 04 October 2019

Turkey, US hold third joint land patrol for safe zone in Syria

U.S. and Turkish troops conducted their third joint land patrol within the context of a planned safe zone in northern Syria, along the Syrian-Turkish border, ONA reports citing Yeni Safak.

The Turkish and U.S. forces conducted the patrol in eastern Tell Abyad, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced Friday on its official Twitter account.

On Aug. 7, Turkish and U.S. military officials agreed to set up a safe zone in northern Syria and develop a peace corridor to facilitate the movement of displaced Syrians who want to return home. They also agreed to establish a joint operations center.

Turkey has long championed the idea of terrorist-free safe zones in Syria. It has stressed ridding the area of the terrorist YPG/PKK, the Syrian branch of the PKK, as well as resettling Syrian migrants currently sheltered in Turkey.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.