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US, Turkey Begin Joint Patrols in Syria's Manbij

U.S. and Turkish forces have begun joint patrols in the area of Manbij, Syria, where Kurdish militia fighters have been critical to defeating Islamic State fighters.   Two U.S. defense officials and Turkish officials confirmed the patrols in northern Syria on Thursday.   The Pentagon has said the purpose of the patrols is to support "long-term security in Manbij" and uphold its commitments to NATO-ally Turkey.   Kurdish militia fighters in Manbij are supported...

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