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Here’s photos of US and Turkish vehicles patrolling Manbij (but not together)

The Pentagon has posted photos of U.S. military vehicles in Manbij, the Syrian city until recently at the heart of a dispute between Turkey and America.

The photos appear to show that the U.S. and Turkey are not patrolling together – Turkish vehicles can be seen in the distance, on the other side of what the Coalition calls the Manbij “demarcation line.”

US Forces patrol Near Manbij, Syria
A US Soldier watches Turkish military vehicles as they patrol along the demarcation line outside Manbij, Syria, June 24, 2018. The US and Turkey recently began independent, coordinated patrols to help ensure the area remains free of ISIS activity. Image: US Army/Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster

On June 5, the U.S. Department of State said that the U.S. and Turkey agreed to a “roadmap” for Manbij that included that removal of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), part of the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting Islamic State with the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Turkey sees the YPG as terrorists inextricably linked to the outlawed Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Anadolu news agency reported on May 30 that the plan would include joint patrols and a joint inspection of the city, as well as the formation of local municipal and military councils.

Coalition spokesperson Colonel Sean Ryan told reporters later: “They’re independent coordinations, they’re not joint patrols. I can tell you that Turkish soldiers will not go into Manbij.”

Manbij already has a military council – helpfully called Manbij Military Council – and its spokesperson Shervan Derwish told The Defense Post that the U.S. has given locals guarantees that they will be protected from outside attacks.

Joint patrols began on June 18 and the photos released on the U.S. military’s DVIDS website are dated June 24, making them likely from the fourth round of patrols reported by the Turkish General Staff on Sunday.

Earlier on Tuesday, CJTF-OIR tweeted that “Coalition Forces, along with Turkey” would again be conducting “independent, coordinated patrols” on opposite sides of the Manbij demarcation line.

“These patrols will ensure peace and stability,” they added.

US Forces patrol Near Manbij, Syria
A US soldier provides security while overlooking the demarcation line near Manbij, Syria, June 24, 2018. Turkish and U.S. Forces are patrolling on each side of the line to ensure the safety and stability of the region. Image: US Army/Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster
US Forces patrol Near Manbij, Syria
A group of US Soldiers keeps an eye on the demarcation line during a security patrol outside Manbij, Syria, June 24, 2018. These independent, coordinated patrols with Turkish military forces help ensure the stability, safety and the continued defeat of ISIS in the region. Image: US Army/Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster
US Forces patrol Near Manbij, Syria
A US Soldier watches Turkish military vehicles as they patrol along the demarcation line outside Manbij, Syria, June 24, 2018. The US and Turkey recently began independent, coordinated patrols to help ensure the area remains free of ISIS activity. Image: US Army/Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster
US Forces patrol Near Manbij, Syria
US Forces dismount from their Oshkosh M-ATV tactical vehicles while conducting a security patrol outside Manbij, Syria, June 24, 2018. These patrols are reaffirm the Coalition’s dedication to the lasting defeat of ISIS and maintaining safety and stability in the region. Image: US Army/Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster
US Forces patrol near Manbij, Syria
An Oshkosh M-ATV tactical vehicle is used during a US forces security patrol near Manbij, Syria, June 24, 2018. These independent, coordinated patrols are done in conjunction with Turkish military to continue the peace and stability in the region. Image: US Army/Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster
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