Turkey: Kurdish militia hasn’t hauled out of Syrian town

  • On Sunday, the US-backed Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council said the YPG finished its withdrawal
  • The ministry says the YPG is as yet hauling out of areas where Turkish and US powers have been watching

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey says Syrian Kurdish militiamen haven’t finished their withdrawal yet are as yet hauling out of a key town in northern Syria.

A month ago, Turkey and the United States announced last that they had achieved an agreement for the militia — known as People’s Protection Units, or YPG — to leave Manbij, a town west of the Euphrates River.

The US-backed Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council said: “The YPG completed its withdrawal, removing a major source of tension between Ankara and Washington.”

However, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, says those reports are “overstated” and didn’t “mirror reality.” The ministry also says that the YPG is still hauling out of regions where Turkish and US powers have been leading separate patrols.

Turkey has named the YPG a terrorist group, connected to its own Kurdish uprising.

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