Syrian Kurds to Remove Fortification From Border With Turkey

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced last week that it has begun withdrawing forces from border towns as part of a 'safe zone' deal with U.S. and Turkey

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters pose for a photo in Baghouz, Syria, after the SDF declared the area free of Islamic State militants, March 23, 2019.
Maya Alleruzzo,AP

A spokesman for the Kurdish-led U.S.-backed force in Syria says they have carried out a patrol near a border town with Turkey to select fortifications to be removed soon.

Mustafa Bali of the Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted that the patrol occurred Tuesday near Tal Abyad.

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The SDF announced last week that it has begun withdrawing its fighters from the border towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn as part of a deal for a so-called safe zone in northeastern Syria involving the U.S. and Turkey.

Bali tweeted that the SDF are working together with the U.S.-led coalition "to make the agreement successful and to ease tensions on the border."

Turkey has been pressing for a safe zone to ensure security on its border running east of the Euphrates River toward the Iraqi border.