Daily Sabah: Turkey, US conduct second joint patrols in northern Syria's Manbij8 November 2018 | 18:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Anadolu Agency (AA) reporters on the ground reported that the troops patrolled the area around Sajour River, which separates the Manbij frontline from the district of Jarablous, an area that falls under Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield.
Turkish and U.S. troops began joints patrols on Nov. 1. Since June 18, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has carried out 68 unilateral patrols in Manbij.
As agreed on by the two NATO allies in June, Turkish and U.S. forces were carrying out separate patrols in Manbij. The joint patrols, however, are being seen as a way to tamp down any potential violence between the various groups in the area.
The Manbij patrols are part of a road map that Ankara and Washington agreed on in June to defuse tension amid demands for the withdrawal of the U.S.-backed YPG terrorists from the region in order to establish stability.
Ankara has long said it will not allow a terror corridor along its borders and pressed for the acceleration in the implementation of the Manbij deal.
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