Turkish And U.S. Troops Begin Conducting Joint Patrols North Of Manbij (Photos)

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On November 1, Turkey’s Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar announced that Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint patrol north of the city of Manbij as part of the Turkish-US agreement, which was reached in May.

“The joint patrols of Turkish and U.S. troops — on which we have made plans and completed training and which we said would start — began at 3:53 p.m. local time [1353GMT],” Hulusi Akar said during a speech in the Turkish Parliament.

According to the Anadolu Agency, the joint patrol was conducted around the Saju Stream, which separates the Turkish-held city of Jarabulus from Manbij, which is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Turkish And U.S. Troops Begin Conducting Joint Patrols North Of Manbij (Photos)

Click to see full-size image, by the Ministry of Defense of Turkey

Turkish And U.S. Troops Begin Conducting Joint Patrols North Of Manbij (Photos)

Click to see full-size image, by the Ministry of Defense of Turkey

The Turkish-US agreement is not limited to  joint patrols around Manbij. Under the agreement, a pro-Turkey local administration should be formed in the city after the withdrawal of all Kurdish fighters. However, this is yet to happen.

Despite of this delay, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this month that the agreement on the Manbij is “not completely dead.” The statement was clearly aimed at pressuring Washington.

The U.S. decision to conduct the joint patrols now is likely aimed at easing the current tension between Turkey and the SDF. The last few days witnessed several attacks by the Turkish military on positions of the US-backed group along the border. As a result, the SDF halted its operation against ISIS.

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  • Sencer

    I am bored with that fake crap.

  • mhtsaropinigitakis

    what a bunch of whores both of them…somebody nukem plz

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      You do it if you can ha?then no more Syria finito

  • H Eccles

    Do the Turks even know whose side they’re on…?

    • FlorianGeyer

      Lol.

      On their backsides I suspect .

    • Sencer

      We are still thinking about it .

    • Sinbad2

      Do the Americans?

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      nobody’s

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    This is just an accident waiting to happen. With tensions already running at fever pitch, it won’t be long before this totally unworkable setup suffers a major incident, I wonder how many YPG and Turks would die before they could stop it if it did happen, or even if they could at all. LOL who came up with this hair brained idea, Erdogan the genius that’s who.

  • Icarus Tanović

    They want to confuse us, just like they did at the beggining. Turks vs Syrans, America vs Isil and vs Syria, Syrians vs Kurds, Turks vs Kurds, etc, etc. Thats about it.
    But everybody knows that Syria is on right side, and allies, and all others are on wrong one!

  • Sinbad2

    To the young, the US supporting both sides in a war will seem confusing.
    But during the Iraq Iran war the US supplied both sides, and was caught trafficking cocaine as a way of laundering the money.
    Don’t believe me? Google Colonel Oliver North USMC, or Iran Contra.

  • Jaime

    This is the Turkish way of acting. They play both sides. When it suits them, they work with the Russians, winking at the Americans like a whore that wants more money. In this case, they are playing hard to get with the Russians. They think they are very important. Erdogan doesn’t know he may get a missile up his ass.

    • Jens Holm

      You seemes to know whores very well. How much do You pay ?