Manbij roadmap has been put into action - Erdogan

A U.S. soldier sits on an armored vehicle behind a sand barrier at a newly installed position near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters in Manbij north Syria Wednesday

Manbij roadmap has been put into action – Erdogan

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Turkish and US troops on Monday began independent patrols along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas of northern Syria from the town of Manbij, which is controlled by a local militia affiliated to the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia.

The Turkish army earlier in the day announced the start of patrols in Manbij by both countries' troops in line with a previously agreed roadmap for eliminating terrorists and stabilizing the area.

Ankara has said its forces would eventually move into the city itself.

In a tweet, the Turkish Armed Forces said patrols were being carried out between Manbij and Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield area.

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Turkey claims the YPG has ties to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and thus considers the group "terrorists".

After ousting the Kurdish force from the Afrin region west of Manbij, Ankara escalated its threats against Manbij, raising the spectre of a clash between it and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the United States.

The roadmap was announced after a June 4 meeting in Washington between Cavusoglu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Much of Syria's north is controlled by the YPG or the alliance that it heads, and the US-led coalition fighting jihadists operates several bases there. Turkish troops have crossed the border to combat ISIS and the Kurdish YPG.

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