What A Safe Zone in Syria Would Actually Look Like

| Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt
Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs

A senior Kurdish official has dismissed the idea of creating a 20-mile wide safe zone in Syria presented by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, something that Erdogan says would require both logistical and financial support from the U.S. and other allies.   

The idea of creating the zone comes as the U.S. works out logistics of a troop withdrawal.  Meanwhile, ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide blast in the Syrian city of Manbij that reportedly killed a number of U.S. troops.   

Cipher Brief Expert Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt (Ret.), who worked as the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs as well as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Affairs, lays out the real-time issues that would be created by a safe zone.  

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Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, US Army (Ret) was the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs from 2008-2009. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Affairs from 2006-2008. These positions followed a 30-year career in the military with service as Deputy Director for Strategy and Plans at US Central Command, Deputy Director of Operations for Coalition Forces in Iraq and significant command assignments worldwide. He currently leads a... Read More

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