The US army calls Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria

QAMISHLI: US military vehicles entered Saturday in an area controlled by the Kurds in the northeast Syria and met with officials, AFP correspondents and a local source said, on the second visit since the announced US withdrawal from the Turkish border area.

Beige armored vehicles flying the American flag stopped at the Kurdish headquarters on the outskirts of the city of Qamishli.

They also went through the Popular Protection Units (YPG) that led the SDF and Kurdish security forces in the area.

Two days earlier, a similar American convoy was seen further east along the border, outside the city of Qahtaniyah, in an area where they used to operate before Washington announced a military retreat last month.

A US-led coalition has backed the SDF for years in the fight against the Islamic State group, but the announcement of a US withdrawal triggered a deadly Turkish invasion against October 9.

A source who participated in one of the Kurdish-American meetings on Saturday said the Americans wanted to return to Qamishli.

They come to establish an important military post in Qamishli, the source told AFP.

The coalition declined to comment specifically on Saturday's visit, but said the alliance continued to withdraw forces from northern Syria .

It would relocate some troops to oil-rich eastern Syria to held stamp out remaining IS fighters.

The Syria n Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, says Washington also still has forces in a base near Rmeilan, a town further east along the border.

Under a ceasefire agreement signed last week, Turkish-Russian joint patrols began Friday in the area.

Syria n regime forces have also made a major comeback in the northeast for the first time in years, after they were called in by the Kurds to fill the void left by US troops.

Syria 's war has spiralled into a complex conflict involving word powers since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

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