The US-led coalition to fight the Islamic State is carrying out patrols along the Syrian border between Tal Abyad and Serekaniye amid Turkish threats to invade over its southern border into areas east of the Euphrates River.
Col. James Scott Rawlinson, Director of Public Affairs and Spokesperson for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), told Kurdistan 24, “Coalition forces routinely enable partner force patrols throughout northeast Syria.”
The goal of these patrols is to “better mitigate Daesh [Islamic State] threats to local residents, provide better security for the region and serve as part of CJTF-OIR's commitment to stability in the area.”
According to Nicholas A. Heras, a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, the new coalition patrols “are designed to deter Turkey from crossing into Syria.”
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