U.S. and Turkish military forces began joint ground patrols in northeast Syria today for the first time since the establishment of the combined joint operations center (CJOC). The patrols demonstrate continued commitment toward addressing Turkey's legitimate security concerns on their southern border. The purpose of the patrols is to maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge and to allow the coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS.
U.S. European Command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands whose area of focus spans across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The command is composed of approximately 70,000 military and civilian personnel and is responsible for U.S. defense operations and relations with NATO and 51 countries. For more information about U.S. European Command, visit https://www.eucom.mil.