Armed Turkish military vehicles have crossed into northeast Syria to begin joint patrols with the United States Army as part of a planned so-called "safe zone" along the border.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said that six Turkish-flagged armoured vehicles on Sunday joined the US military convoy from Akcakale district of southeast Sanliurfa province in Turkey.

The joint ground patrols were launched as part of the first phase of the "safe zone" plan agreed between the two countries last month, the agency added.

Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal reports from Hatay near the Turkey-Syria border.

And Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma and a former president of the Syrian Studies Association, talks to Al Jazeera about the development.

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