MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed coalition of mainly Kurdish and Arab fighters, have been moving westwards over Euphrates and captured the IS-held Syrian city of Manbij, located west of the river. Turkey, engaged in military actions against Kurds, has been demanding that they retreat east of Euphrates.
Later that day, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and US Vice President Joe Biden said they reached an agreement that forces of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) must not move to the west of the Euphrates river. Biden added that the Kurdish forces would no longer get US support if they did not return.
To clarify: Main element of SDF Manbij liberation force has gone east; some forces remain to finish clearing, IED removal as planned.— OIR Spokesperson (@OIRSpox) 25 августа 2016 г.