BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The U.S. and Turkey have allegedly reached an agreement on a number of terms regarding a potential safe zone in northeastern Syria, Asharq Al-Aswat reported on Sunday morning.
Citing well-informed sources, Asharq Al-Aswat said that the U.S. and Turkey allegedly reached an agreement that was titled “safeguarding Turkish national security.”
The new Turkish safe zone would reportedly stretch some 20 to 32 kilometers deep along the border.
According to Asharq Al-Aswat, Turkey wants to drive out 7,000 Kurdish-led fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) and replaced them with Peshmerga fighters from Iraqi Kurdistan and Arab militiamen with the support of Ahmad Jarba, head of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.
Neither the U.S. nor Turkey has confirmed this alleged agreement on the safe zone; it is stilll scheduled to be discussed with Russia at the Astana Peace Conference on February 14th.