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U.S., Turkey Begin Joint Patrols Around Northern Syrian Town of Manbij

U.S., Turkey Begin Joint Patrols Around Northern Syrian Town of Manbij by Suzan Fraser and Bassem Mroue – AP

Turkish and U.S. troops on Thursday began jointly patrolling areas around the northern Syrian town of Manbij, part of a roadmap for easing tensions between the two NATO allies, Turkey’s defense minister announced.

 

Responding to questions by legislators in Parliament, Hulusi Akar said the patrols began at 3:53 p.m. (1253 GMT) but did not provide further details.

 

Sharfan Darwish, spokesman of the Manbij Military Council, told The Associated Press earlier that the patrols have started and are taking place on the front lines between his group and those of Turkey-backed rebels in the operation called Euphrates Shield…

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