U.S. & Turkey Conducted Joint Patrols in Syria 3 Days Ago

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As everyone else rushes to speculate and make sweeping pronouncements regarding President Trump’s decision to stand aside as Turkey announces military operations in Syria, I won’t. But I will note two interesting things about the situation: the U.S. and Turkey conducted joint patrols in Syria on Oct. 4. And on Sep. 29, Syrian Democratic Forces demolished fortifications in Syria to satisfy Turkish concerns.

The photo at top is an official U.S. Army photo, and the caption to it reads as follows:

U.S. and Turkish military forces conduct the third ground combined joint patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast Syria, Oct. 4, 2019. The patrol allowed both militaries to observe first-hand progress on destroyed fortification that are a concern for Turkey. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns, maintain security in northeast Syria so Daesh cannot reemerge, and allow the Coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of Daesh. The U.S. is currently executing concrete steps to ensure the border area in northeast Syria remains stable and secure.

Then there is the below photo (another official U.S. Army one), with the caption beneath it.

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces remove a fortification that was identified as a concern to Turkey in support of the security mechanism zone in northeast Syria, Sept 29, 2019. The security mechanism is intended to address Turkey’s security concerns. The U.S. and Turkish militaries are currently executing concrete steps together to ensure the border area in northeast Syria remains stable and secure.

As I mentioned, I’m not making any sweeping pronouncements on what is happening with Turkey and Syria. Indeed, I really don’t have any insight to offer on the situation at all (which is probably the best assessment to make). But it’s interesting that only a few days after the U.S. announces that it’s working with Turkey in Syria, and after it announces that the Syrian Democratic Forces demolished fortifications to appease Turkey, that Trump makes the seemingly abrupt decision to step aside in order to allow Turkey to conduct military operations in Syria.

So one last time: I will let the hysterical “experts” speculate all they want. Meanwhile, I’m going to watch what happens before I offer any comment on it (if I offer any comment at all).

Top Image: Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Goedl.

Image in Body: Photo by U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kriess.

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