Kurdish YPG Urges Syrian Gov't To Take Control Over Manbij Amid Turkish Threat - Statement

Kurdish YPG Urges Syrian Gov't to Take Control Over Manbij Amid Turkish Threat - Statement

Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) have called on the Syrian government forces to take control over Manbij amid Turkey's plans to launch a military operation on the city, the YPG said Friday.

MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 28th December, 2018) Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) have called on the Syrian government forces to take control over Manbij amid Turkey's plans to launch a military operation on the city, the YPG said Friday.

Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey was ready to launch an operation against the YPG in Manbij if the United States did not remove the militia from there. He later noted that the start of the operation was postponed following a phone conversation with Trump, who decided to withdraw US troops from Syria after the call.

"Due to the invading Turkish state's threats to invade northern Syria and displace its people similarly to al-Bab, Jarablus and Afrin, we as the People's Protection Units, following the withdrawal of our forces from Manbij before, announce that our forces will be focusing on the fight against ISIS [Islamic State terror group, banned in Russia] on all the fronts in the east of the Euphrates," the YPG said in a statement.

"In conjunction with this, we invite the Syrian government forces which are obliged to protect the same country, nation and borders, to assert control over the areas our forces have withdrawn from, in particularly Manbij, and to protect these areas against a Turkish invasion," the statement added.