The Latest Joint US-Turkish patrols in Syria’s Manbij begin

Mourners carry the coffin of a commander from the Syrian Democratic Forces, killed a day earlier in battles against ISIS in Hajin during his funeral in Qamishli

He said they will take place on the front lines between his group and those of Turkey-backed rebels in the operation called Euphrates Shield.

The SDF said Wednesday that it fired back in self-defense, and "as a result, a Turkish military vehicle was destroyed". We will soon be rolling over the terrorist organization with effective operations.

The news came also as tensions inside North Atlantic Treaty Organisation continue to spiral, with the U.S. excluded from a summit in Istanbul which was billed as a key step in deciding Syria's future.

Manbij was captured from IS by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group dominated by the YPG.

According to some observers, there are fears within the Self-Administration-the Kurdish-led political authority that unilaterally declared its control over majority-Kurdish regions in 2013-of a repeat occurrence.

Meanwhile, an American military committee arrived in Tel Abyad midday Wednesday to "mediate between the [Kurdish] leadership and Turkey in order to work towards de-escalation", the SDF spokesperson told Syria Direct.

Turkey sees Kurdish elements of the SDF as linked to the separatist group the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which the United States identifies as a terrorist group.

U.S. Central Command, which is in charge of American military forces in the region, issued a statement late on Thursday urging "all parties to show restraint to de-escalate the current situation and ensure maximum pressure continues" against Islamic State.

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On Wednesday, the SDF said the Turkish attacks had forced it to suspend its US -backed campaign against Islamic State near the Iraqi border.

Over the years, Turkey has tried to drive out the YPG from the western part of the Euphrates, but has hesitated to intervene in the eastern part to avoid a clash with the USA, which has military contact points and officers there.

Last week, IS jihadists staged a counterattack following a weeks-long SDF offensive in the countryside around Hajin.

The approximately 50,000-strong SDF are a mix of Kurdish and Arab fighters and have been the primary ground force fighting IS in much of the country.

A Kurdish-led force backed by a US-led coalition on Wednesday suspended operations against the Islamic State group and said they would not resume until Turkey halts its attacks on Kurdish militia posts in northern Syria. Turkey had repeatedly threatened to attack the town despite the presence of United States forces in the area.

Turkish and US troops on Thursday began their first round of joint patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, as part of a deal to rid the area of the YPG/PKK terrorist group, Turkey's national defense minister announced. It also envisions Kurdish YPG forces withdrawing from the town to the east of the Euphrates.

Since June 18, the Turkish Armed Forces have carried out 68 individual patrols in Manbij. This week, Erdogan said: "The terror organization is digging trenches, they are preparing their graves".

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