ISTANBUL: Turkish drones have began working in northern Syria the place Washington and Ankara have agreed to create a protected zone, Turkey’s Defence Ministry mentioned on Wednesday (Aug 14).
Turkey and the US agreed final week to arrange a joint operations centre concerning the protected zone to be established in northern Syria. No settlement has been introduced on key particulars corresponding to the dimensions of the zone and the command construction of joint patrols that may be carried out there.
A six-person US delegation arrived within the southern Turkish province of Sanliurfa on Monday to work on the institution of the operations centre.
The Defence Ministry mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday that work was persevering with to make the joint operations centre in Sanliurfa operational.
It added that Turkish drones had began finishing up work within the space the place the protected zone shall be created, however didn’t present additional info on the drones’ operations.
Washington and Ankara have been at odds over plans for northeastern Syria, the place US allies on the bottom within the battle in opposition to Islamic State embrace the Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey considers an enemy and a terrorist group.
The allies have been discussing a protected zone close to the Turkish frontier that may be stored freed from combatants and heavy weapons, however Turkey needs it to increase greater than twice as far into Syrian territory as the US has proposed.
Turkey has recommended it’ll act militarily if the US fails to agree an answer that may safeguard the border.
Turkey says the YPG is an extension in Syria of the Kurdistan Employees Occasion (PKK), which has waged an insurgency in opposition to the Turkish state for the reason that 1980s.
Washington and Ankara are additionally at odds over different points, together with Turkey’s buy of the Russian S-400 missile defence system, in addition to the trial of native US consulate staff in Turkey on terrorism expenses.