U.S. walks fine line with Kurdish allies by joining Turkish forces on patrol in Syria

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(Worthy News) - U.S. and Turkish military patrols have begun operating in the highly strategic northern Syrian enclave of Manbij, heading off a feared clash between the two NATO allies but potentially leaving the Pentagon’s Kurdish allies in the region shortchanged once again.

Turkish military officials announced the joint military operations on social media Monday, part of a deal struck between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to cool tensions over Turkish fears of rising Kurdish influence on its border. Turkey has long dealt with a violent Kurdish separatist movement inside the country.

U.S. military officials did not comment, but Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters last week that joint U.S.-Turkish patrols were slated to begin in the city within days. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ]

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