Turkey vows action should PYD/YPG terrorists not leave Syria's Manbij

Aaron Brown
March 30, 2018

In addition to discussing Turkey and Syria, Trump and Macron touched on the allied response to Russia's alleged attempt to assassinate a double-agent in a nerve agent attack on British soil. "In this sense, Turkey is not contemplating on taking any decision against Russia", Bekir Bozdag said after a cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled Turkey has no plans to follow its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union allies in expelling Russian diplomats following a spy poisoning in Britain blamed on Moscow, in comments published on Wednesday.

The U.S. also expelled 60 diplomats and ordered the closure of Moscow's consulate in Seattle.

Turkey and the United States will discuss the issue of the liberation of Syria's Manbij city from terrorists of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the People's Protection Units (YPG), the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend announced "operations" in Sinjar in northern Iraq to clear the mountainous area of Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, fighters.

Manbij sits on the west bank of the Euphrates River and the east of Syria's Afrin region, where Turkey has taken over recently from YPG militants after intensive military operations.

The Turkish military said on March 24 that it had established full control over Syria's Afrin after more than two months of battles with US-backed militants controlling Syria's northern border regions.

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