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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.

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

Al Jazeera

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.

Erdogan Says Turkey Will 'Thwart Games' Along Its Borders, Start in Syria's Manbij

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will "thwart games" along its border, starting with Syria's Manbij region, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, as the Turkish military entered the fifth day of its incursion into northern Syria's Afrin region.

Turkey Sees Small Possibility of Coming Face-To-Face With U.S. in Syria's Manbij

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday he did not think Turkey will come face-to-face with the United States as it carries out military operations in Syria, seeing only a small possibility of this happening in the Manbij area.