YPG withdrew from checkpoints in Syria’s Manbij: Turkish Foreign Ministry
“It’s confirmed that the [Democratic Union Party] PYD and YPG have entirely withdrawn from the checkpoints on the patrolling route,” Aksoy said at a press conference.
“We are carrying out works to hold joint patrolling missions,” Aksoy said, elaborating on the next phase of the Manbij deal.
The Turkish and U.S. armies have separately been holding patrolling missions around Manbij since June 18, after an agreement reached between the two sides. They held 16 patrolling missions on July 18, he said.
Turkey and the U.S. had announced a roadmap after a June 4 meeting in Washington between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his American counterpart Mike Pompeo. The deal focused on the withdrawal of the YPG from Manbij and on stability in the region.
Ankara has long been outraged by the U.S. support for the YPG in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria. Ankara says the YPG is the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which it considers a terrorist organization.
That raised the specter of a possible confrontation with the American and French coalition troops stationed in the town.