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Turkish Drones Begin Flying Over Northeastern Syria’s “Peace Corridor”

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Turkish Drones Begin Flying Over Northeastern Syria's “Peace Corridor”

Bayrakdar TB2 UCAV, source: ssb.gov.tr

Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) started operating over the northeastern part of Syria, where Turkey and the U.S. agreed to establish a “peace corridor,” Turkey’s Ministry of National Defence announced on August 14.

“Efforts are underway to put the Joint Operations Center, which will be established in the state of Urfa in coordination with the U.S, into service … In this framework, Turkish UAVs begin flying over the Syrian north,” a statement by the ministry reads.

Turkey and the U.S. reached the so called “peace corridor” agreement, last week. The vague agreement is supposed to address Ankara’s security concerns in northeastern Syria, where the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is in control.

The SDF has not commented on the agreement, so far. A recent report by Sputnik revealed that a delegation of the group’s political wing led by a senior official, Ilham Ahmed, had visited the Syrian capital, Damascus, for talks with the government.

The visit of the SDF’s delegation reflects the Kurds’ dissatisfaction with the Turkish-U.S. agreement. This could turn into a chance for a political settlement between Damascus, which already rejected the “peace corridor,” and the group.

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