October 24, 2018 / 8:10 AM / 22 days ago

Turkey-U.S. joint patrols in Syria's Manbij to start soon: minister

FILE PHOTO: U.S. forces set up a new base in Manbij, Syria May 8, 2018. Picture Taken May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Rodi Said

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and the United States will begin joint patrols in the northern Syrian Manbij area soon after training is completed within the next couple of days, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told state-owned Anadolu news agency on Wednesday.

As agreed by the NATO allies in June, Turkish and U.S. forces have been carrying out patrols in Manbij independent of each other, but have been training in preparation to carry out joint patrols.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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