Turkish Foreign Minister: Kurdish Forces Could Withdraw From Manbij Before End Of This Summer

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Turkish Foreign Minister: Kurdish Forces Could Withdraw From Manbij Before End Of This Summer

This March 7, 2017 frame grab from video provided by Arab 24 network, shows U.S. forces patrol on the outskirts of the Syrian town, Manbij, in al-Asaliyah village, Aleppo province, Syria. (Arab 24 network, via AP)

On May 30, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Davutoglu revealed during an interview with the Turkish news outlet Haber that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) might withdraw from the northern city of Manbij before the end of this summer, as a part of the roadmap for cooperation on Manbij, which was allegedly outlined by the Turkish-US working group.

“This action plan [on withdrawal of YPG] could be applied by the end of summer. Turkish and American soldiers will jointly supervise the withdrawal,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency quoted Davutoglu as saying during the interview with Haber.

Davutoglu also confirmed that he will discuss the roadmap with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his upcoming visit to Washington on June 2 and 3. According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, the roadmap could achieve “stability in all of Syria’s northeast,” as it will not be limited to Manbij only.

The US Embassy in Turkey announced on May 25 that the Turkish-US working group on Syria met in the Turkish capital of Ankara and outlined the main contours of a road map for “cooperation in ensuring security and stability” in the northern Syrian city of Manbij. However, the embassy didn’t provide any details back then.

Local observers viewed the US-Turkish initial agreement as a huge blow to the YPG, which is considered the largest force of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Despite of this, the Kurdish force is expected to obey the agreement if it’s really reached.

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  • Russie Unie

    Amen ! But please no yankees !

  • Len Zegelink

    fuck turkije ,and the usa scum .syria is syria not the usa or turkije.go home bastards

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      whos gone fu…..k you cu…t go back to your cave now and bend over

      • Len Zegelink

        haha erdogan lover your time is comming to .

        • Mustafa Mehmet

          No prop

  • Rob

    SDF started evacuating it’s location in Manbij as part of US and Turkish recent agreement, US and the French won’t evacuate their base over there, the announcement of the final agreement will be next month.
    Well done Russia, Iran, Turkey and President Erdogan. This is another stroke to US, UK, France and Israeli migrants. LOL.

    There is also fight between Syrians and US backed terrorists. The Syrian nation demands from US, UK, France and from their terrorists that leave Raqqa, Hasaka and Deir Ezzor and go back to their countries.

    • Serious

      Where is the credit of Russia and Iran on that deal ??? XD.
      Turkey is on his own. Turkey is defending his interests. Turkey goals is to get rid of kurds before they do like they did in Iraq and Syria.

      • Rob

        Read complete last one year comments of south front then you will understand. President Putin, Xi, Pakistan, Erdogan, Assad, Rohani they are one group and their all actions are coordinated with each other on agreement.

        • Serious

          I laugh.

  • Serious

    Time to change strategy.

    First we have all see that Russia is too weak and the jewish advisers of Putin explains the fact that Russia can’t be a friend of Syria nomore.

    So, it’s better for Syrians to ask help from Turkey. Turkey is more likely to recover Golan Height than Russia.

  • David BlackBeard

    hahah poor kudos …. Amercan/tukish bitchs …. used as condoms and now being thrown away hahahah

  • Serious

    When someone is nice, be nice. When someone betray you, betray him. When someone insult you, insult him. That’s the way to go. You did nothing wrong, he started the war.

  • Serious

    In WW1, Germany and Austria allied with the ottoman empire against the other europeans. Germany found only stupid Europeans, so germany was forced to allied with the Ottoman empire.

    The rest of Europe is the most active power of USA.

    So, it must be something about Turkey.

  • Xanatos

    Turks are easy to string along with false promises.

    • as

      Turks right now have pawns that have the same goal with them. Kurds feeling it no need make friends no more because it’s within the yanks umbrella. Too bad yanks are honest to it’s desire and they’re not omnipotent.

  • as

    Kurds : If you give an inch to Turks they’ll take a mile.

  • Smaug

    A negotiated US withdrawal is possible depending on who’d be taking over responsibility, but a Kurdish withdrawal is dubious at best. Remember Afrin? Where many units did not make any meaningful contribution to the fight and/or refused to evacuate when they lost?
    Also given the many factions at odds with each other in Syria, a withdraw by the US or anyone else will create a power vacuum leading to war. This is wishful thinking and/or propaganda on the Turk’s part.