U.S. forces patrol on Syrian-Turkish border to stop Turkish attacks - Kurdistan24
The United States has started patrols in the Kurdish-controlled town of Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border to ease tensions after Turkey's attacks, Kurdistan24 reported on Friday.
“The United States will start patrolling on the border between northern Syria and Turkey today to ease tensions and stop Turkey from launching attacks,” the website quoted Mustafa Bali, the Director of Media Center of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as saying.
Turkey and the United States started joint patrols in Manbij aimed at averting clashes between Turkey and SDF on Nov. 2. But Turkey announced a new offensive on the east of River Euphrates, into Kobane where the SDF has U.S. troop support.
Turkey has been firing across the border for five days in preparation for what President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says will be an offensive soon to crush the Kurdish forces along the breadth of the Turkish frontier.
Unilateral military strikes in northwest Syria by any party are a great concern to the United States as U.S. military personnel may be present, State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said on Wednesday in reference to Turkish shelling of Kurdish-controlled areas.
“We have been in touch with Turkey and the Syria defence forces to emphasise the need to de-escalate the situation. Turkey is a NATO ally and a key partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and we are fully committed to our ally’s border security,” he said.
The SDF on Wednesday said the Turkish attacks had forced it to suspend its U.S.-backed campaign against Islamic State near the Iraqi border.
Turkey sees the SDF and its armed unit the People's Protection Units (YPG) as part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than 30 years.
Due to Turkey's shelling, two journalists from pro-Kurdish Hawar news agency, Ibrahim al-Ahmad and Gulistan Mihemed, were reportedly injured.