Turkey intends to establish permanent military bases with the U.S. in northern Syria
Turkey seeks establishing permament bases in the safe zone, jointly with the U.S.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced Turkey’s intention to establish joint military bases with the United States in the safe zone in northeastern Syria to patrol the region.
"We will build bases for patrols in the east of the Euphrates. If we do that and the terrorists leave, it's going to be a big win. After that, will we stop? No. Our goal is to create a 30-40-kilometer-wide zone across the border to ensure the security of our country. And then send home Syrian citizens who are with us. It will be a common base with the United States, we want them to be permanent," Akar said in an interview with Turkiye newspaper.
He added that the number of these bases "will be determined by necessity." "Their number will be determined depending on the situation on the ground. In Idlib, we have observation posts. Beyond the Euphrates, the patrol bases will be similar to those in northern Iraq," the minister said.
According to him, Turkey is ready to establish military bases in the safe zone in northeastern Syria on its own if the U.S. delays negotiations.