U.S backed Syrian militia says YPG forces to be removed


BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Manbij Military Council, a militia allied to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, said on Wednesday that the Kurdish YPG militia would remove its military advisers from the town in the coming days.

It added in a statement that it was capable of preserving the security and the borders of Manbij against any external threats.

The fate of Manbij has been a focus of friction between the U.S. and Turkey, which regards the YPG as a terrorist group, but the two countries said on Tuesday they had agreed on a roadmap for the area, and the YPG said it would pull out its military advisers.

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