U.S. considers Syrian buffer zone

As Kobane battles intensify, U.S. and allies consider the establishing of a buffer zone at the Syrian-Turkish border

ARA News 

Geneva, Switzerland — On Wednesday, the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that the idea of establishing a buffer zone along the Syrian border with Turkey “should be thoroughly studied”.

Kerry added that the fall of the Kurdish border city of Kobane “was not a strategic U.S. objective”.

Kobane suffers continuous attacks by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL), who try to defeat the Kurdish fighters and take over the city.

“As horrific as it is to watch in real time what is happening in Kobane, you have to step back and understand the strategic objective,” Kerry told reporters at a news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

“Notwithstanding the crisis in Kobane, the original targets of our efforts have been the (Islamic State’s)command and control centers, the infrastructure,” he said. “We are trying to deprive the IS of the overall ability to wage this offensive, not just in Kobane but throughout Syria and into Iraq.”

Turkey has demanded the establishment of a buffer zone, a no-fly zone and more serious efforts

“We expect Turkey to decide over the next hours or days about its role against the Islamic State group,” Kerry said.


Reporting by: Lorin Silo

Source: ARA News

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