Thursday, U.S. and Turkish leaders conducted their next round of reconnaissance flights across the Turkey and Syria border as a part of the establishment of the security mechanism in northeast Syria. This is the third flight in the past two weeks.
This flight follows the establishment of the combined joint operations center (CJOC) last month and demonstrates continued commitment to address Turkey's legitimate security concerns on their southern border, maintains security in northeast Syria so ISIS cannot reemerge, and allows the coalition to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS.
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