Briefing on Manbij and Turkey’s position in Syria


05 July 2018

Events in Manbij, Syria are likely to determine Turkey’s future role in the country  

  • Turkey hopes a recent agreement will see it take control of Manbij from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed militia headed by Kurdish fighters
  • Turkish officials argue Manbij could pave the way for Turkey and its Syrian allies to replace the SDF as part of a wider settlement with the US
  • Such a move is facing resistance, including from within the US military, with Manbij offering a potentially crucial indication of what lies ahead

Turkish officials have continued to insist that fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) will leave the contested Syrian city of Manbij this week as part of a roadmap agreement reached with the US in early June.

The move is seen as the first step towards the US and Turkey resolving their tensions over the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)…

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