Selin ATAY-TDO-Washington’s administrations preparing to send around 150 soldiers to northeastern Syria as part of ongoing efforts to establish a buffer zone along the Syria-Turkey border, US defense official told.
The US defense official stressed on television program that the final decision had not been made yet, and that if any additional forces are sent to Syria they would patrol the proposed buffer zone with Turkish troops.
The U.S has nearly 1,000 troops in Syria, mostly partnering with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the YPG-led group with which it partnered purportedly in its fight against Daesh.
Turkey has long objected to U.S. support for the YPG, a group that terrorizes locals and poses a threat to Turkey. Ankara has demanded the Washington’s administration to cut its support for the SDF, arguing that the YPG, which it sees as an extension of the PKK, is a “terrorist organization.”