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Turkey, US launch 2nd round of joint patrols in NE Syria – military

The US and Turkey launched a second round of joint patrols in northeastern Syria on Tuesday as part of plans to create a “safe” buffer zone, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.

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Four Turkish armored vehicles crossed the border to join US forces in Syria, Anadolu reported, for patrols around the town of Tal Abyad. The ministry said drones were also deployed.

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Washington and Ankara reached a deal last month to establish a “safe zone” between the Turkish border and Syrian areas east of the Euphrates River controlled by the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Ankara sees the YPG as a terrorist militia linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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The first joint patrols were conducted on September 8, AFP said.

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