Turkey, US reach agreement over north Syria
Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement over northern Syria in regards to the former’s distrust of certain American-backed groups in the region, namely the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia.
Preliminary reports about the agreement being reached suggest that a last-ditch round of negotiations have staved off what seemed to be a looming unilateral Turkish-backed military intervention against YPG insurgents throughout areas east of the Euphrates River.
According to Turkey’s president Tayyip Recap Erdogan, Turkish and US military forces will establish a joint operations room for maintenance of what he described as a “peace corridor” in northern Syria.
Turkey’s originally stated goals was to establish a military ‘safe zone’ to a depth of thirty kilometers south of the Turkish border into Syrian territory. The US tried to bargain Turkey down to just five kilometers. It is unclear what the agreed upon depth of this “peace corridor” will be just yet.
Early YPG-linked leadership commentary on the agreement has stated that Kurdish forces do not trust Turkey whom they believe wants to “control” north Syria, however went on to clarify that “in the framework of coordination with the [US-led] coalition forces and the US Army, monitoring patrols can be conducted”.
Updates to follow as more information become available.