Turkey, U.S. Reach Agreement on Creating Buffer Zone in Syria
By Onur Ant
August 7, 2019, 10:11 AM GMT+1 Updated on August 7, 2019, 4:48 PM GMT+1
NATO allies to create joint operation center for coordination
Turkey has vowed to remove Kurdish militia from border area
Turkey and the U.S. reached a long-sought agreement to distance American-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters from the Turkish border, softening a major point of contention between the NATO allies.
Turkish and American officials meeting in Ankara over the past three days agreed to set up a joint operations center to coordinate efforts to carve out a buffer zone in northern Syria, according to statements from both governments. The area would be off-limits to the Kurdish forces, which Turkey regards as threats to its territorial integrity.
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