Turkey Has Nothing to Do in Manbij Now, Erdogan Says after YPG Withdrawal (SYRIA – KURDISTAN)

Basnews English 28/12/2018 – 16:31 ERBIL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that his country’s army will have nothing to do in Manbij as the Syrian Kurdish forces have handed over the Syrian city to Damascus.Erdogan’s statement came after Syrian regime’s army announced its forces had entered the northern City of Manbij. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) handed over the city to Damascus in fear of a possible Turkish attack.

“In the current situation, we are still supporting the integrity of Syrian soil. These areas belong to Syria. Once the terrorist organizations leave the area, we will have nothing left to do there,” Reuters quoted Erdogan.Ankara views the YPG an offspring of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and, therefore, a “terrorist organization”.“It’s not just about Manbij, we are aiming to wipe out all terrorist organizations in the region. Our main target is that the YPG takes the necessary lesson here,” Erdogan said.However, Turkish Defense Minister said before Erdogan’s comment that the YPG has no authority to invite other forces to Manbij.

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