TURKEY FEARS CARRY OUT OPERATION IN MANBIJ WITHOUT RUSSIA AND US

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An operation in the northern Syrian city of Manbij would be not be in the interest of Turkey without internationally coordinating with Russia and the United States, Turkey’s prime minister said, amid speculation of a Turkish operations against the Manbij Military Council (MMC).

“Without coordination with the United States and Russia, conducting an operation in Manbij is meaningless,” Binali Yildirim told, adding that on this matter the Turkish side has continuous discussion with these two sides.
Last week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said ridding Manbij of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) would be the next target after al Bab in Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Operation.
Syrian forces are now in control of a group of villages west of Manbij along a frontline with Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces as per an agreement brokered by Russia following clashes between the FSA and Manbij forces, which have continued for a sixth day on Monday.

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