US: Turkey 'buffer zone' plan for Syria not on the front burner

Turkey is trying to persuade the U.S. of the need to create a "buffer zone" inside Syria, Turkish officials have previously said, a safe haven on the border

US: Turkey 'buffer zone' plan for Syria not on the front burner

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's proposal to create a buffer zone in Syria is not a new idea and is not "on the front burner", Tony Blinken, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser, said in London on Friday.

Turkey is trying to persuade the U.S. of the need to create a "buffer zone" inside Syria, Turkish officials have previously said, a safe haven on the border likely to require a foreign-patrolled no-fly zone where displaced civilians could be given aid.

"It is not on the front burner" he said.

Blinken also said the United States would have to look at ways to increase pressure on Russia unless it implemented the details from the Minsk ceasefire agreement between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels.

The U.S. military conducted nine airstrikes against ISIL militants in Syria during the past two days, including seven strikes near the border town of Kobani, U.S. Central Command said on Friday.

Two strikes on Thursday and Friday hit southeast of Kobani, destroying two ISIL training facilities, it said in a statement. Four others hit south of the town near Syria's border with Turkey, striking vehicles, a tank and two small units of ISIL fighters, the U.S. military said.

The seventh strike hit northeast of Kobani, and two struck other cities in Syria, Dayr az Zawr and al Hasakah. One other strike in Iraq hit near Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said.

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