Turkish, US officials meet for talks on Syria safe zone

American troops are stationed in northeastern Syria, along with the Kurdish forces, and have fought ISIS together.
Monday 05/08/2019
In this Friday, March 1, 2019 file photo, a woman is frisked by a US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter at a screening area after being evacuated out of the last territory held by ISIS militants, in the desert outside Baghouz, Syria. (AP)
In this Friday, March 1, 2019 file photo, a woman is frisked by a US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter at a screening area after being evacuated out of the last territory held by ISIS militants, in the desert outside Baghouz, Syria. (AP)

Turkish and American military officials have met for negotiations about establishing a safe zone in northeastern Syria to address Ankara’s concerns about US-allied Syrian Kurdish forces in that region.

The Turkish defense ministry tweeted on Monday that the meetings were taking place in Ankara.

Turkey wants to control — in coordination with the US — a 19-25 mile-deep zone within Syria, east of the Euphrates River, and wants no Syrian Kurdish forces there. Turkey sees the Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists aligned with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

American troops are stationed in northeastern Syria, along with the Kurdish forces, and have fought ISIS together.

Turkish-US negotiations on the safe zone have stalled and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday renewed threats for a new military operation.

(AP)