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Turkish army conducts 16th round of patrols in Manbij

First patrols by Turkish and US troops around northern Syrian city were carried out on June 18

Sena Güler   | 18.07.2018
Turkish army conducts 16th round of patrols in Manbij

Ankara

By Mehmet Tosun

ANKARA

The Turkish army on Wednesday conducted its 16th round of patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij as part of a deal with the U.S. to rid the area of terror group YPG/PKK.

In a written statement, Turkish General Staff said the forces of both countries coordinated patrols in the region between areas liberated by Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield and Manbij.

The first patrols by Turkish and U.S. troops in the region began on June 18.

The Manbij deal between Turkey and the U.S. focuses on the withdrawal of the PKK-affiliated YPG terror group from the city in order to stabilize the region.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has taken some 40,000 lives, including those of women and children. The YPG/PKK is its Syrian branch.

Should the Manbij model prove a success, Turkey will push for a similar arrangement in eastern Syria.

Turkey has said the presence of terror forces near its border constitutes a threat and has launched military operations and other efforts to rid the region of terrorists.

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