U.S. service members will begin training Turkish forces for joint patrols near the volatile Syrian city of Manbij within the next three days, according to U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
The training is needed before U.S. and Turkish forces operating near Manbij can combine their patrols.
It is unclear when U.S. and Turkish forces would start conducting the joint patrols in Syria once training of Turkey’s troops is complete.
The city of Manbij houses Kurdish militia fighters.
Washington supports the Kurdish fighters there, while Ankara says they are anti-Turkey terrorists.