U.S. and Turkey begin Joint Ground Patrols
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).
A U.S. service member greets a member of the Turkish Armed Forces at the Syria-Turkey border prior to the start of a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed YPG fortifications and areas where YPG elements voluntarily departed the area. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS. The U.S. and Turkish militaries are currently executing concrete steps together to ensure the border area in northeast Syria remains stable and secure.
3 photos: A U.S. Service Member greets a Member of the Turkish Armed Forces at the Syria-Turkey Border
Photo 1 of 3: A U.S. service member greets a member of the Turkish Armed Forces at the Syria-Turkey border prior to the start of a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed YPG fortifications and areas where YPG elements voluntarily departed the area. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS. The U.S. and Turkish militaries are currently executing concrete steps together to ensure the border area in northeast Syria remains stable and secure. Download full-resolution version
U.S. and Turkish military forces conduct a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed YPG fortifications and areas where YPG elements voluntarily departed the area. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS.
3 photos: U.S. and Turkish Military Forces conduct a Joint Ground Patrol inside the Security Mechanism Area in Northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019
Photo 2 of 3: U.S. and Turkish military forces conduct a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed YPG fortifications and areas where YPG elements voluntarily departed the area. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS. Download full-resolution version
U.S. and Turkish military forces conduct a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed YPG fortifications and areas where YPG elements voluntarily departed the area. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS. The U.S. and Turkish militaries are currently executing concrete steps together to ensure the border area in northeast Syria remains stable and secure.
3 photos: U.S. and Turkish Military Forces conduct a Joint Ground Patrol inside the Security Mechanism Area in Northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019.
Photo 3 of 3: U.S. and Turkish military forces conduct a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed YPG fortifications and areas where YPG elements voluntarily departed the area. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS. The U.S. and Turkish militaries are currently executing concrete steps together to ensure the border area in northeast Syria remains stable and secure. Download full-resolution version
A U.S. service member greets a member of the Turkish Armed Forces at the Syria-Turkey border prior to the start of a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed YPG fortifications and areas where YPG elements voluntarily departed the area. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS. The U.S. and Turkish militaries are currently executing concrete steps together to ensure the border area in northeast Syria remains stable and secure.
U.S. and Turkish military forces conduct a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed YPG fortifications and areas where YPG elements voluntarily departed the area. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS.
U.S. and Turkish military forces conduct a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, Sept. 8, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed YPG fortifications and areas where YPG elements voluntarily departed the area. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS. The U.S. and Turkish militaries are currently executing concrete steps together to ensure the border area in northeast Syria remains stable and secure.

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.

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