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    Fighters of the Manbij military council take an overwatch position in the southern rural area of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria June 1, 2016

    Erdogan: Kurdish PYD/YPG Militia Forces Must Leave Syrian Manbij

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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Syria's city of Manbij is not a place for Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), city belongs to Arabs.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) must leave the northern city of Manbij as it is going to be the next target of Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

    “Manbij is not a place for the PYD or YPG … it belongs to Arabs,” Erdogan told reporters as quoted by Anadolu news agency.

    On Monday, Turkish presidential adviser Ilnur Cevik said that Turkey plans to end its Euphrates Shield operation in Syria after capturing Manbij from Kurdish militants.

    The operation by Turkey and FSA fighters began on August 24, 2016. The city of Jarabulus in northern Syria was taken before Al Bab was liberated. Erdogan said that the aim of the operation was to clear the region of terrorists and make it a safety zone for refugees.


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