Turkey and US ‘planning buffer zone’ in northern Syria

The US and Turkey are working together on military plans to clear the Islamic State (IS) group from parts of northern Syria, American officials say.

They said an “Islamic State-free zone” would ensure greater stability along the Syria-Turkish border.

The talks follow a major shift in Turkey’s approach to IS in recent days.

Turkey, which had been reluctant to intervene in Syria, has launched raids against IS and allowed US jets to use a Turkish base.


Turkey? This will be one porous “buffer zone”.

h/t TB

  • David

    I wonder if the Kurds will be “collateral” damage?

    • Gettingby

      No ISIS will be collateral damage; the Kurds are the primary target.
      Doesn’t this buffer zone breach international law? A buffer zone controlled by Turkey in Syrian territory sounds an awful lot like land appropriation.

    • Shebel

      That would not be at all surprising,

  • Maggat

    Was there any real need to post a picture of Erdogan at the top of this article?

    • Martin B

      Turkey vultures are noble animals compared to that third-rate Hitler impersonator.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I’m getting confused, as to who’s enemy is who’s. Maybe all the groups involved simply hate each other, a 5-way conflict…I bet the pesky Joooooos could end it all within 24 hours.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    So another malevolent force is getting sucked into the donnybrook.

  • k1962

    Wouldn’t that be an occupation, like what Israel was accused of doing in Lebanon a couple of decades ago??? Oh wait, Turks aren’t Jews…

  • Hard Little Machine

    This is a smokescreen for Turkey’s Kurdish genocide. Everyone knows that to be the case.