September 6, 2019 / 2:15 PM / 17 days ago

Turkish-U.S. land patrols in Syria to start on Sept.8 - Anadolu

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan talks to reporters before the arrival of Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

ANKARA (Reuters) - Joint military land patrols by Turkish and U.S. forces in northeast Syria are planned to start on Sept. 8, state-owned Anadolu news agency quoted Defence Minister Hulusi Akar as saying on Friday.

The two NATO allies are working to establish what Turkey says will be a “safe zone” along the border in northeast Syria - a region mainly controlled by Kurdish YPG forces - and have conducted multiple joint helicopter patrols over the area.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans

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