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Turkey, U.S. Reach Agreement on Creating Buffer Zone in Syria

  • NATO allies to create joint operation center for coordination
  • Turkey has vowed to remove Kurdish militia from border area
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Turkey and the U.S. reached a long-sought agreement to distance American-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters from the Turkish border, softening a major point of contention between the NATO allies.

Turkish and American officials meeting in Ankara over the past three days agreed to set up a joint operations center to coordinate efforts to carve out a buffer zone in northern Syria, according to statements from both governments. The area would be off-limits to the Kurdish forces, which Turkey regards as threats to its territorial integrity.