Turkish troops, along with the US soldiers, have begun patrolling in rural parts of the northern Syrian town of Manbij, the Turkish president and foreign minister confirmed on Monday, after months of wrangling between Ankara and Washington over how to ensure removal of the Kurdish forces from the city.
In a statement released on its Twitter account, the military said the patrols were being conducted independent of each other along the line between Manbij and the area of which Turkey seized control in its "Euphrates Shield" operation. The deal focuses on the withdrawal of the PKK-affiliated YPG from the northern Syrian city and stability in the region.
Ankara has been infuriated by USA support for the YPG - which it views as a terrorist organisation - and has threatened to target Manbij because of the presence of Kurdish fighters there, alongside US troops.
Ankara has said its forces would eventually move into the city itself. Officials emphasized that they were only near, but not in, Manbij.
After ousting the Kurdish force from the Afrin region west of Manbij, Ankara escalated its threats against Manbij, raising the spectre of a clash between it and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the United States.
The source added that the Syrian people and the Syrian Arab Army which achieved the successive achievements against terrorist groups, are more resolute to liberate the entire Syrian soil from any foreign presence and preserve the sovereignty and unity of Syria.
He said Turkey's goal is to make the northern Syrian region a safe zone, after the United States provided weapons to the group.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday criticised the US Senate's decision to block delivery of F-35 jets to Turkey, describing it "unfortunate" and "regrettable".