Connect with us

Europe

Joint patrols resume in north Syria amid tension with Turkey

News Agencies

Published

on

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — U.S. troops Saturday resumed joint patrols with Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria days after they were stopped amid Turkish threats of a new ground incursion into the war-torn country.

A patrol consisting of four American armored vehicles and one for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces was seen leaving a U.S. base near the northeastern town of Rmeilan in Hassakeh province. The patrol was driving northeast toward another U.S. base near the border with Iraq.

On Tuesday, the top commander of the SDF, Mazloum Abdi, told reporters that the group’s joint operations alongside the U.S.-led international coalition to counter the Islamic State group had been “temporarily paused” because of recent Turkish airstrikes.

U.S. officials had said the patrols that resumed Saturday are not to counter IS militants but will be limited to areas around a sprawling camp housing tens of thousands of mostly women and children linked to IS as well as prisons where the SDF is holding thousands of extremists.

Advertisement

Turkey has launched a barrage of airstrikes on suspected militant targets in northern Syria and Iraq in recent days, in retaliation for a deadly Nov. 13 bombing in Istanbul that Ankara blames on the Kurdish groups. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also threatened a ground incursion, without specifying when it would be launched.

Kurdish groups have denied any links to the Istanbul bombing that killed six and wounded dozens.

No U.S. forces or personnel have been hit by any of the strikes. But on Nov. 26, the U.S. military said two rockets targeted U.S.-led coalition forces at bases in the northeastern Syrian town of Shaddadeh. There were no injuries or damage to the base.

Advertisement

The SDF captured the last sliver of land from IS in March 2019, marking the defeat on the battlefield of the extremist group that once controlled large parts of Syria and Iraq. SDF officials warn that Turkish attacks are undermining the fight against IS, whose sleeper cells still carry out deadly attacks.

There are roughly 900 U.S. troops in Syria, including in the north and farther south and east.

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Breaking News

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment38 mins ago

What Tom Hanks, Kaia Gerber think about the nepotism baby debate, plus more stars weigh in

Hollywood stars are divided over the latest buzzword: “Nepo baby.” Short for nepotism or the practice of favoring friends and family...

Entertainment2 hours ago

Riley Keough shares last photo with mom Lisa Marie Presley: ‘Grateful’

Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley and Riley Keough attend the Handprint Ceremony honoring three generations of Presley’s on June 21,...

Entertainment3 hours ago

Anne Heche’s son Atlas, 14, issues statement 6 months after her death: ‘Brightest person I’ve ever known’

Anne Heche with her sons Atlas Heche Tupper (left) and Homer Heche Laffoon (right) in May 2022. (Photo: Anne Heche...

Entertainment4 hours ago

Adult Swim fires ‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator and star Justin Roiland over domestic violence charges; show will go on

Justin Roiland visits Comic-Con International in July 2019. (Photo: Araya Diaz/Getty Images) A little more than a week after Justin...

Entertainment4 hours ago

Lloyd Morrisett, co-creator of ‘Sesame Street,’ dies at 93: ‘He will be sorely missed’

Lloyd Morrisett, co-creator of the iconic children’s television series “Sesame Street,” has died. He was 93. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit...

Entertainment5 hours ago

‘Industrial-scale ticket scalping.’ Senators grill Ticketmaster over Taylor Swift concert fiasco

WASHINGTON – The Taylor Swift ticket debacle took center stage during a Senate hearing Tuesday, which examined the lack of competition...

Entertainment5 hours ago

Chrissy Teigen Shares First Close-Up Photo of Daughter Esti’s Face: ‘Out Here Lookin Like a Baby’

Chrissy Teigen Shares First Close-Up Shot of Baby Esti Stefanie Keenan/Getty, Chrissy Teigen/instagram Chrissy Teigen is showing off her baby girl!...

Entertainment6 hours ago

Madonna biopic not moving forward ahead of global icon’s world tour

There’s no greater power than the power of saying goodbye to what could’ve been Madonna‘s self-directed biopic about her life...

Advertisement

Latest Sports

Sports36 mins ago

Most Cowboys coaching contracts have expired

When explaining that both Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his son and team COO (among other titles) Stephen Jones were...

Sports1 hour ago

Djokovic is no ‘villain’ – took me 10 years to get over cheat storm: Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka said it took her 10 years to get over being accused of cheating when she last won the...

Sports1 hour ago

Winners, loser from Rui Hachimura trade to Lakers

The Lakers front office got a win, but did the Lakers?

Sports2 hours ago

The NBA player we most want to see traded

With the NBA trade deadline looming, Fantasy Basketball analyst Dan Titus discusses why he'd like to see Eric Gordon dealt...

Sports2 hours ago

Bills GM Brandon Beane takes shot at Bengals: ‘Don’t want to have to suck bad enough to have to get Ja’Marr Chase’

Beane issued his season-ending comments with a heavy dash of salt in Cincinnati's direction.

Sports3 hours ago

Mets free agency and trade buzz: Shohei Ohtani’s future could be impacted with Angels no longer for sale

The latest Mets free agent and trade buzz and rumors.

Sports3 hours ago

Opening round tee times, pairings for first round of Farmers Insurance Open

The Farmers Insurance Open gets underway Wednesday at Torrey Pines. Here's a look at first-round tee times on the North...

Sports4 hours ago

The 25 MLB prospects you need to know in 2023: Gunnar Henderson, Corbin Carroll and more

Let’s run down the 25 names you need to know and why heading into the 2023 MLB season.

Technology Hot News

Technology6 days ago

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .. the technology giants are planning to lay off 64,000 employees

After 10 years of driving the stock market bull run, big tech companies are racing to downsize staff to adapt...

Technology6 days ago

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors

Yesterday, Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by the new, faster “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” processor chips, in a surprise...

Technology7 days ago

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung

Samsung has officially announced that the (Galaxy Unpacked 2023) event will be held this year on Wednesday, February 1, which...

Technology7 days ago

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency

Bankrupt American cryptocurrency firm FTX announced today, Wednesday, that $415 million in cryptocurrency has been hacked and stolen from the...

Technology7 days ago

Because of a "fraudulent tweet"… Elon Musk's trial begins

Elon Musk's trial began Tuesday in San Francisco with the selection of jury members who will have to decide whether...

Technology1 week ago

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions

Experts have developed an electric spoon that is able to replace spices and flavors and affect the taste buds in...

Technology1 week ago

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.. so you can escape?

If you spot an unknown Bluetooth tagging device, there are ways to disable the device so it can't track your...

Technology1 week ago

New Twitter.. For You tab to web version

The Twitter platform announced that it will bring the new tab (For You), which launched last Tuesday for iPhones and...

Advertisement