Syria: Turkey, US Hold Joint Ground Patrol in Northern Syrian 'Safe Zone'

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"There have been some joint patrols, yes, but steps taken beyond that. are only cosmetic", he said. Ankara considers the fighters terrorists, claiming they are joined to a Kurdish insurgency within just Turkey's borders.

"We are seeing that the United States is entering a stalling process. and that it is trying get Turkey accustomed to this stalling process".

Turkey fears a repeat of the Manbij's Deal with the United States previous year.

His comments came after President Tayyip Erdogan said at the weekend that Turkey rejected Washington's protection of the YPG and added that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies faced differences "at every step" in the safe zone talks.

Turkey wanted to work with the United States, but was prepared to clear the area of the YPG fighters itself if necessary, he added.

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Erdogan and his United States counterpart, Donald Trump, are due to discuss the issue later this month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

"We are speaking about an ally who can not act independently from the terror organization", Cavusoglu said, referring to the U.S. -Turkish tensions as Ankara is attempting to increase its influence in the ongoing Syrian civil war and prevent its border region from becoming a stronghold for Kurdish militia forces.

Deputy Commanders from U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) met with Turkish General Staff leaders in Ankara early this week to discuss key topics related to the implementation of the northeastern Syria security mechanism, USEUCOM said in a written statement.

President Tayyip Erdogan said last week Turkey also aims to send 1 million of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it hosts to the planned safe zone in northern Syria. The military officials from the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies also established a joint operation center in Akcakale on August 29.

Turkey has extended the deadline for thousands of unregistered Syrian refugees in Istanbul to leave the city until October 30th or face forcible deportation, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday.