BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – On Tuesday morning, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a 32-kilometer deep safe zone was going to be established in northern Syria.
According to Anadolu Agency’s map measurement, the safe zone will have a 460-kilometer (286-mile) long presence along the Turkish-Syrian border.
The safe zone will include the settlements in northern Raqqa and Hasakah; it will pass through Sarrin from west to east, northern Ayn Issa, northern Suluk, Ras al-Ayn and Tal Tamer along with Darbasiyah, Amude, Qamishli, Tal Hamis, Qahtaniyah, Yarubiyah and al-Malikiyah.
All areas, including towns and villages of Shuyukh Tahtani, Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) Tal Abyad, Darbasiyah, Amude, Qahtaniyyah, Jawadiyah and al-Malikiyah districts will be included in the safe zone.
The line starts in western Syria, near the Sajur River in eastern Manbij. Manbij town center will remain out of the safe zone.
Among the areas declared under the safe zone were the Syrian Arab Army-held areas inside the Al-Qamishli District of the Al-Hasakah Governorate.
This will likely cause an uproar in Damascus as this has not been agreed up by the Syrian government or military.