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Military personnel of Turkey and the United States began joint patrols in the Syrian city of Manbij. This was stated by Turkish Minister of defense Hulusi Akar, reports Reuters.
According to him, eyewitnesses have seen the joint on a column of flags of both countries about 20 kilometers from the city. The parties spent in the region patrols since June, however, though they are coordinated, but remained independent, the Agency said.
In early October, it was reported that armed groups of Kurds have left the Syrian city of Manbij, despite concerted U.S. and Turkey plan of action. It was noted that, despite promises, they are preparing for defense and dug around the village ditches.
In summer the Turkish General staff said that Turkish and U.S. military have agreed on a plan of action for the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the Syrian city of Manbij. Prior to that, Ankara has repeatedly urged Washington to leave the East Syrian province of Aleppo, as the Turkish army plans to protect the Kurds from the entire southern border with Syria. In particular sounded the call to withdraw American military or “Kurdish terrorists” from Manuja because they attack Turkish soldiers and helping them members of the “Syrian free army”.
Ankara considers terrorists representatives of the Kurdish party Democratic Union (PYD) and its armed people’s protection Units.
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