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Kurdish militia invites Syrian government to seize Manbij to prevent Turkish move

Turkey had threatened a military operation against Manbij to remove the Kurdish-led forces there. Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist group.

Published: 28th December 2018 03:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th December 2018 03:18 PM   |  A+A-

Image of Kurdish fighters for representational purpose (File Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

BEIRUT (LEBANON): The main Syrian Kurdish militia has invited government troops to take control of the flashpoint northern town of Manbij to prevent a Turkish attack.

The People's Protection Units, or YPG, made the appeal Friday in a tweet. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that Syrian government forces have been massing on the edges of Manbij, a front line between Kurdish-led forces and Turkey-backed fighters to the west.

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It is not yet clear whether US troops, which had patrolled the area, remain in place or have withdrawn. There was no immediate response from the US-led coalition.

Turkey had threatened a military operation against Manbij to remove the Kurdish-led forces there. Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist group.

The threats triggered the US announcement of withdrawing troops from Syria.


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