The US military is weighing shifting a small number of additional troops to northeast Syria as part of ongoing efforts to establish a buffer zone along the Syria-Turkey border, a US defense official tells CNN.
The defense official said no decision had been made, and that if any additional forces are sent to Syria they will likely be redeployed from elsewhere in the region. The troops would patrol the proposed buffer zone.
The US and Turkey have been working to establish the buffer zone, which the US calls a “security mechanism,” in northeast Syria as part of a bid to prevent a military incursion into the area that would target Syrian Kurdish groups, a potential operation that the US fears could undermine the fight against ISIS.
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