Damascus said Sunday, September 8th, it strongly condemns the joint US-Turkish patrols in northeast Syria, considering it a flagrant aggression that aims only to prolong the country's eight-year conflict.
In a statement to the official news agency SANA, the Syrian government reaffirmed its "absolute rejection" of a planned safe zone in the area, considering it a violation of Syria's territorial unity, AFP has reported.
The state news agency SANA, cited a foreign ministry source as saying:
"the Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the joint patrols conducted by the United States and the Turkish regime."
Describing the patrols as an "aggression", the source said they "aims to complicate and prolong the crisis in Syria," SANA added.
On Sunday, September 8th, Turkey and the US began joint patrols in northeastern Syria, with the aim of easing tensions between Ankara and US-backed Kurdish forces, which have fought the Isis group.
AFP journalist reported that six Turkish armoured vehicles crossed the border to join US troops in Syria, according to a deal reached recently between Washington and Ankara.
According to the agreement reached on Saturday August 7th, a "safe zone" will be established, starting from the Turkish border to the Syrian areas east of the Euphrates river, controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units.