BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Turkish and U.S. forces in northern Syria will likely begin their joint patrols in the city of Manbij in the coming days, Ankara’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar stated on Tuesday.
“We have wrapped up training for US-Turkish patrols in Manbij and will start to carry out such patrols today or tomorrow. After Manbij, our next venue will be east of the Euphrates,” Akar said, as quoted by state-owned Anadolu Agency.
The two foreign forces agreed to conduct joint patrols in order to avoid a potential invasion by the Turkish Army earlier this year.
The Turkish Army had repeatedly warned the U.S. about allowing the People’s Protection Units (YPG) to maintain a presence inside of Manbij; this prompted several meetings between Washington and Ankara before the issue could be resolved.
While Ankara still claims that the YPG forces are active around Manbij, this will not have any affect on their upcoming patrols in the area.