United States military delegation to visit Turkish General Staff


"Yes, there are some joint patrols but other than that, the steps that have been taken or the steps that are said to be taken are cosmetic steps", he told reporters.

"A military intervention is highly probable if diplomacy fails", Guney said.

Late last week, the Turkish president accused Europe of failing to fulfil its commitment to pay the agreed sum of 3 billion euros for the detention of refugees in Turkey.

Turkey hopes the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep, will keep Syrian Kurdish fighters away from its border. The military officials from the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies also established a joint operation center in Akcakale on August 29.

The agreement included setting up security measures to address Turkey's security concerns, including clearing the border region of YPG and Daesh.

Cavusoglu said Washington's approach so far had served the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) more than Turkey. The depth of the zone, as very well as who will management it, is nonetheless getting labored out.

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Turkish and USA commanders held a meeting in Ankara on Tuesday on the safe zone in Syria and the discussion will continue at the joint operations center in Akcakale district of southern Sanliurfa province, Turkey's Minister of Defense said.

While Turkey aims to completely eliminate the terrorist organization nesting in the northern Syria, the USA counts on dealing with Turkey and the terrorist organization on the same level, Erdogan said.

"The Turkish armed forces can enter northern Syria at any time to create a security zone, if the U.S. is inactive in creating a security zone in northern Syria", Cavusoglu added.

"The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the launching of joint patrols by the USA administration and the Turkish regime in the Syrian al-Jazeera region as a flagrant violation of worldwide law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic", a Syrian Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday, according to state news agency SANA.

The patrol was backed by unmanned air vehicles and helicopters.

The YPG has been a main U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.