UPDATE – No PKK/YPG in safe zone with Turkey on Syria border: US

            ADDS DETAILS THROUGHOUT</p>  <p>By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - Washington is working with Turkey on &quot;a safe zone of some length along the Turkish border,&quot; and the zone would have no YPG/PKK forces, the U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement said Monday.</p>  <p>&quot;We’re looking for a solution that would meet everyone’s needs,&quot; James Jeffrey, who also serves as the special envoy for the anti-Daesh coalition, said at a news conference at the State Department.</p>  <p>&quot;We’re working with Turkey to have a safe zone of some length along the Turkish border where there would be no YPG forces because Turkey feels very nervous about the YPG and their ties to the PKK.</p>  <p>&quot;We understand that President [Donald] Trump has made that clear to President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan,&quot; he said.</p>  <p>Last month, the Pentagon announced that a few hundred troops would remain in Syria after the U.S. pullout in order to create a safe zone along the Turkey-Syria border.</p>  <p>Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman, said the troops would be part of a multinational force.</p>  <p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the safe zone would be created &quot;on the basis of the agreement that was signed between Turkey and Syria in 1998&quot; known as the Adana agreement.</p>  <p>Signed in Turkey’s southern city of Adana, it is aimed at easing Ankara’s concerns regarding the PKK terrorist group.</p>  <p>As a result, terrorist training camps were closed in Syria and terrorist elements were refused service by Syrian banks.</p>  <p>Jeffrey said, however, the ultimate goal of the U.S. in Syria was the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group.</p>  <p>&quot;The mission is defeat ISIS, not to operate in any safe zone,&quot; he added, using another name for Daesh.</p>  <p>Jeffrey also mentioned that the U.S. still does not know the whereabouts of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.</p>  <p>Baghdadi's location and status have been a mystery over the past few years, and multiple claims have been made that he has been killed on various battlefields in Iraq and Syria. </p>  <p>&quot;No, we don’t know where [Baghdadi] is, and finding the top leadership of ISIS or other terrorist groups is always a priority,&quot; said Jeffrey. 

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