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    Women react as they walk along a street after they were evacuated with others by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters from an Islamic State-controlled neighbourhood of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 12, 2016

    Turkey Not Opposing Establishment of Syrian Army's Control Over Manbij – PM

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    Ankara does not oppose establishment of the Syrian army’s control over the northern Syrian city of Manbij as the Syrian land must belong to the Syrians, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Sunday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the next phase of Turkey's Euphrates Shield military campaign in northern Syria would target the Kurdish-controlled Manbij and called on the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to leave the city.

    “We do not consider the scenario, under which the Syrian army would enter Manbij, as negative one. The Kurdish self-defense units are leaving the city. The Syrian land must belong to the Syrians,” Yildirim said at the demonstration in the northern Turkish city of Sinop.

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