US Soldiers Patrol Village in Syria's Kurdish North.

U.S. soldiers patrol a village in the countryside of the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, June 12, 2022.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said last week they would coordinate with Syrian government troops to fend off any Turkish invasion of the north and protect Syrian territory.

They said the decision came after an emergency meeting of their top commanders that discussed threats by Turkey to wage a new offensive on swathes of northern Syria they control.

Meanwhile, Russia and Syrian government forces have been bolstered in northern Syria where Turkey may soon launch an offensive against Kurdish fighters, Turkish and rebel Syrian officials said, as Ankara prepares for talks with Moscow.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said two weeks ago Turkey would launch new military operations in Syria to extend the 30-kilometer-deep (20-mile-deep) "safe zones" along the border, aiming at the Tal Rifaat and Manbij regions and other areas further east.

Washington, whose backing for the SDF has long been a source of strain in ties with Turkey, has voiced concern, saying any new operation would put at risk U.S. troops — which have a presence in Syria — and undermine regional stability.

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