Syria says joint US-Turkish patrols violate country’s sovereignty

Published September 8, 2019, 9:43 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Reuters

Syria condemned on Sunday joint US-Turkish patrols in a border strip in the northeast of the country, saying it was a “flagrant violation” of its sovereignty, an official statement said.

A Syrian flag flutters in central Damascus, Syria, September 15, 2018. REUTERS/Marko Djurica/MANILA BULLETIN
A Syrian flag flutters in central Damascus, Syria, September 15, 2018. REUTERS/Marko Djurica/MANILA BULLETIN

Armed Turkish military vehicles crossed into Syria on Sunday and headed southwest with their US counterparts to begin planned joint patrols to establish a “safe zone” along a border region mainly controlled by Kurdish forces.

The move was also a violation of the “territorial integrity” of Syria, said the Syrian foreign ministry statement, referring to what the government considers attempts by the US-backed Kurdish YPG militia to divide the country.

 
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