Turkey says forces patrolling Manbij, will enter town 'step by step'

Pauline Gross
June 22, 2018

Syria said on Tuesday it rejected the presence of Turkish and USA forces around the northern town of Manbij, a day after soldiers of the two countries began patrolling the area.

Turkish troops, along with the US soldiers, have begun patrolling in rural parts of the northern Syrian town of Manbij, the Turkish president and foreign minister confirmed on Monday, after months of wrangling between Ankara and Washington over how to ensure removal of the Kurdish forces from the city.

TRT World's Sara Firth has the latest from Turkey's Gaziantep.

Turkey has said the presence of terror forces near its border constitutes a threat and has launched two cross-border military operations to rid the region of terrorists.

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Turkey's armed forces confirmed the American and Turkish "independent patrol activities" via Twitter earlier in the day.

In a first step on Monday, Turkish armoured vehicles began patrolling around Manbij, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency. The roadmap included joint patrol by Turkey and the U.S.

TRT World's Ahmed Al Burai has more from Istanbul.

"If security is provided in Manbij, people who fled their land due to the oppression of the YPG terrorist organization and the Daesh terrorist group will return to their homes". Should the model prove to be a success, Turkey will push for a similar arrangement in eastern Syria.

Other reports by GizPress

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