Damascus Condemns Turkish Patrols around Syria's Manbij

Turkish & US troops coordinate ‘independent’ patrols near Kurdish-held town in Syria

Turkish & US troops coordinate ‘independent’ patrols near Kurdish-held town in Syria

"Coalition and Turkish forces have begun coordinated but independent patrols near, but not in, Manbij", spokesman Eric Pahon told the US media.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday confirmed the Turkish Armed Forces in co-operation with United States troops had begun patrolling the northern Syrian city of Manbij.

Earlier in June, Turkey and the USA reached an agreement for the implementation of a roadmap that envisages the gradual withdrawal of the US -allied Kurdish militia from the town.

In a statement released on its Twitter account, the military said the patrols were being conducted independent of each other along the line between Manbij and the area of which Turkey seized control in its "Euphrates Shield" operation.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hami Aksoy said on May 25 his country could take measures against the United States if Washington refused to supply F-35 to Ankara.

Speaking to reporters in the southern province of Antalya, Cavusoglu said Manbij would be cleared of the Syrian Kurdish YPG and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants as soon as possible.

Turkey has backed rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but has also supported operations against the YPG in the north.

The joint forces carried out patrols in an area overlooking the US base in Syria's Dadat town, and the patrols lasted around three hours.

Earlier, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that they would turn to other markets if the USA does not allow it to buy F-35 jets.

Manbij has been controlled by the YPG, the United States main ally against Daesh, since 2016.

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