Turkish military vehicles crossed into northeast Syria on Sunday to begin planned joint US-Turkey patrols. However, the USA disagreed with the Ankara ‘at every step’ while negotiating the establishment of a ‘safe zone’ in Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, that it seems that our ally is looking for a safe zone for terrorist organization, not for us. We must reject such understanding.
As a part of efforts to create a safe zone in the north of Syria to the east of the Euphrates, the Turkish and US military have started joint ground patrols using transport vehicles and drones to the south of Akcakale, on the Syrian side.
Syria condemns joint US-Turkish patrols in border strip in northeast Syria and says it is “flagrant violation” of the country’s sovereignty. Damascus believes that “this step is aggression and is aimed at prolonging the crisis in Syria.
However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed his intention to establish a ‘safe zone’ in northeast Syria together with the United States by the end of September.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.