US, Turkey Conduct Second Joint Patrol in Manbij

Posted on November 8, 2018 11:53 am

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U.S. and Turkish forces have completed their second joint patrol in the area of Manbij, Syria, where Kurdish militia have been critical to defeating Islamic State fighters. Two U.S. military officials confirmed the patrols in northern Syria to VOA on Thursday. The first joint patrol was last week. The convoy of dozens of troops patrolled northwest of Manbij along the demarcation line dividing Turkish-controlled territory from the area controlled by the U.S.-backed Manbij Military Council. The Pentagon says the purpose of the patrols is to support “long-term security in Manbij” and uphold American commitments to NATO ally Turkey. Since June,