U.S. and Turkey start joint Syria's Manbij patrols

U.S. and Turkey start joint Syria's Manbij patrols

U.S. and Turkish forces have begun joint patrols in the area of Manbij, Syria, where Kurdish militia have been critical to defeating ISIS fighters.

Two U.S. defense officials and Turkish officials confirmed the patrols in northern Syria yesterday.

A convoy of about 30 troops patrolled northwest of Manbij along the demarcation line dividing Turkish-controlled territory from the area controlled by the U.S.-backed Manbij Military Council, defense officials said, the Voice of America reported.

"We're fully supportive of the road map and the combined joint patrols, and I am confident they will be very effective," the deputy commander of the counter-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria, British Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika said in a press release.

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