Turkey Says U.S. Needs to Withdraw From Syria's Manbij Region Immediately

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President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkish forces would sweep Kurdish fighters from the Syrian border and could push all the way east to the frontier with Iraq, including Manbij - a move which risks a possible confrontation with U.S. forces allied to the Kurds.

US Delegation in Syria's Manbij Following Turkey-US Deal

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The delicate U.S.-Turkey deal has been long in the making. It could ease tensions between Washington and Ankara, NATO allies whose relations have soured over their respective Syria policies. The deal could also force a realignment of troops along the volatile Syria-Turkey frontier, meeting a long-standing Turkish demand to push the Kurdish militia known as YPG east of the Euphrates River.

Turkey Says Understanding, but No Deal, With U.S. on Syria's Manbij

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Expanding Turkey's military campaign into the much larger Kurdish-held territory further east, which President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to do, would risk confrontation between the NATO allies who have been at loggerheads over the U.S. policy in Syria and other issues.

YPG confirms withdrawal from Syria's Manbij after Turkey-US deal

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The Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said its military advisers would leave the town of Manbij a day after Turkey and the United States said they reached an agreement on the armed group's withdrawal. In a statement on Tuesday, the YPG said its fighters withdrew from Manbij in November 2016, but military advisers had remained to work with the Manbij Military Council. "We affirm that our forces will heed the call when necessary to offer support and help to the people of Manbij should it be needed," the statement said. Turkey was infuriated by US support for the Kurdish fighters and threatened to push its offensive in the Afrin region of northern Syria further east to Manbij, risking a confrontation with American troops stationed there. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who discussed Manbij with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, said YPG personnel withdrawing from Manbij would be disarmed.

Turkey and U.S. Forces Begin Patrols Near Syria's Manbij, Turkish Military Says

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish and U.S. soldiers began patrols in northern Syria on Monday along the line between the town of Manbij and a neighboring region under Turkey's control, as part of a deal reached by the two countries, the Turkish military said.