Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan announced on Tuesday that Turkey-led forces in Syria are set to liberate the town of Manbij from Kurdish militants (PYD, YPG, PKK) as soon as they liberate the town of al-Bab from ISIS.
“As of now we are leaning on al-Bab, and we have also surrounded, besieged al-Bab from the west. Not enough, from there we will now go to Manbij as well. Why will we go to Manbij, not because we are very curious about it. There is PYD, there is YPG in Manbij. They should leave there, and head east,” Erdogan said.
Currenlty, pro-Turkey militant groups, supported by the Turkish Armed Forces, are competing with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for the right to seize the town of al-Bab from the ISIS terrorist group. This situation has already led to clashes between Turkey-led and Kurdish forces.