Turkey asks U.S. to remove Kurdish troops from Manbij in Syria

By Middle East Affairs

Turkey wants a U.S. backed group to exit the Manbij area in Syria and leave only Turkish and U.S. troops stationed together, Reuters reports.

The Kurdish YPG — viewed by Turkey as a terrorist group — has been stationed in the city and Turkey wants them to move east of the Euphrates River.

Turkey launched an assault last month in the country’s northwest region with this idea in mind.

According to Reuters, the official couldn’t be named because the information is not public, but said the United States is considering it.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Tayyip Erdogan met Thursday during Tillerson’s visit to Ankara where the idea was proposed.

The two countries seem to easing on each other again, Reuters reports, as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey and the U.S. have decided to “establish mechanisms” to normalize relations.

The two will meet again in mid-March, Tillerson told a joint news conference.

 

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