The Turkish Armed Forces are ready to clear the Syrian city of Manbij from “terrorists” [i.e. the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces de-facto dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units], Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on March 5, according to the country’s media.
He went further and said that Operation Olive Branch, which is now ongoing in the YPG-held area of Afrin will continue throughout northern Syria to the border with Iraq. Erdogan also accused the YPG of displacing Arabs from Manbij.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Armed Forces’ general staff claimed that at least 2,777 “terrorists” had been neutralized since the start of the operation in Afrin on January 20.