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    Syrian Kurds to Support Arab-Led Anti-Daesh Operation in Manbij

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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Kurdish forces will provide logistical support during the anti-Daesh operation in the city of Manbij, while Arabs will play the main role.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Syrian Kurds will play an auxiliary role in the anti-Daesh operation in the city of Manbij by providing logistical support to Arab troops, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday, citing US intelligence.

    "As far as I know, the Syrian Democratic Forces comprise some 450 Kurdish self-defense militiamen and 2,500 Arabs… We've talked to the American military. They say Kurdish forces will provide logistical support during the operation, while Arabs will play the main role," Erdogan told journalists, as quoted by the NTV broadcaster, during his visit to Kenya.

    On Wednesday, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the United States, launched an offensive to force the Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in many countries worldwide including Russia, out of the Syrian city of Manbij in the north of the country.


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