Pentagon Says No US Ground Force Will Help Enforce Syria Safe Zone

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Updated October 18, 2019
Defense Secretary Mark Esper, (L), and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley walk to a closed door Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to brief Senators on the situation in Syria and the wider region, at the U.S. Capitol on October 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP


The United States is pressing ahead with its withdrawal from northeast Syria and no ground forces will enforce the safe zone called for in the ceasefire agreement reached with Turkey, the Pentagon said Friday.

US forces will remain in contact with Turkey and Syrian Kurdish fighters that were allies of the US in the fight against the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

However, US forces will carry out aerial reconnaissance of the safe zone that is supposed to be set up between the Kurds and Turkey, a senior Pentagon official said.

The purpose of this will be to watch over prisons holding Islamic State fighters.