Military Capabilities

US-Turkish ‘safe zone’ could fuel Daesh resurgence

13 September 2019

Washington and Ankara's bid to establish a 'safe zone' along the Syria's northeastern border could further strain the limited number of US troops inside the country and provide Daesh (the Islamic State, or ISIS) with a space to grow, warned the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk.

Over the recent weeks, the United States and Turkey have moved forward with a 'safe zone', also called a security mechanism, in a bid to ease tensions between Ankara and US-backed Kurdish forces. So far, the two countries have stood up a joint operations centre in Ankara and conducted aerial surveillance flights and a joint ground patrol inside Syria.

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