Operation Olive Branch: Turkey orders US to immediately withdraw from Syrian city
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said "it's necessary for them [US] to immediately withdraw from Manbij," the Alaraby reported.
The Turkish presidency announced earlier on Saturday that Washington would "not give weapons to the YPG" 50,000-strong militia, relaying a phone call on Friday evening between US National Security Advisor HR McMaster told Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.
Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" on 20 January against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units militia, supporting Syrian opposition fighters - including the Free Syrian Army - with ground troops, armour, artillery and air strikes.
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Erdogan declared on Friday his intention to expand the offensive first to the town on Manbij, and subsequently all the way to the Iraqi border. This was in order to annihilate "terrorists" in the region, he said referring to the YPG.
With the support of the US-led coalition's air power and special forces, the SDF led the battle last year against the so-called "Islamic State" terrorist group during which the militants lost their de facto capital of Raqqa.
The PKK has waged an over three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state in order to obtain autonomy, which was met with brutal and bloody crackdowns, resulting in about 40,000 people being killed since the 1980s.
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