Turkey expects Syrian Kurdish forces to withdraw after Manbij operation: minister

Reuters News
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Posted: Aug 15, 2016 7:45 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey expects Syrian Kurdish YPG forces to withdraw east of the Euphrates river after they and other U.S.-backed forces seized control of the Syrian town of Manbij from Islamic State fighters, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.

Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist group tied to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants fighting a three-decade insurgency in its southeast and that Washington has given Ankara assurances that the Manbij operation would be overwhelmingly composed of Syrian Arab fighters.

(Reporting by Gulsen Solaker; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan)