Manbij attack 'calls for better US-Turkey cooperation' in Syria

Al Jazeera 

The deadly suicide attack in northern Syria targeting US forces highlights the urgent need for closer military cooperation with Turkey to secure the restive region, analysts say. Four Americans were among 19 killed on Wednesday in a bomb blast in the town on Manbij, which is controlled by the American-backed, Kurdish-led YPG militia. The assault was claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS), which US President Donald Trump recently said had been defeated. The bombing, which came as Washington begins its military withdrawal from Syria, marked the first US casualties in the war-torn country since 2014. The US and Turkish officials have been in war of words over Washington's backing for Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and what will happen to the areas controlled by them in the north of the country after the American pullout.