U.S. And Turkey To Create “ISIS Free” Zone In Syria
Yesterday Turkish and U.S. officials came to an agreement on a plan to drive ISIS out of a 110km stretch of land in Syria that borders Turkey.
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The goal is to create a buffer between the NATO nation of Turkey and the war torn, ISIS infested country of Syria.
The U.S. and Turkey have been launching air raids in the region for some time now but this new plan will be aimed at offering a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians.
However, this plan is not without controversy as friction is growing between Turkey and Syrian Kurds’ YPG forces. Sunday, a checkpoint operated by the Syrian Free Army and Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) was shelled, killing four.
The Kurds have claimed that the shells were fired from Turkish tanks and are the latest in a series of offenses by the Turkish military against their people.
Turkey is investigating the shelling but insists they are not targeting the YPG, a claim heavily debated by Kurds in both Syria and Iraq.
From the New York Times:
BAGHDAD — Turkey and the United States have agreed in general terms on a plan that envisions American warplanes, Syrian insurgents and Turkish forces working together to sweep Islamic State militants from a 60-mile-long strip of northern Syria along the Turkish border, American and Turkish officials say.
The plan would create what officials from both countries are calling an Islamic State-free zone controlled by relatively moderate Syrian insurgents, which the Turks say could also be a “safe zone” for displaced Syrians.
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