US, Turkey agree on withdrawal of Kurdish militia from Syrian city

TheHill | 6/5/2018 | Ellen Mitchell
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The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia on Tuesday said it will leave Manbij, Syria, after Turkey and the United States the day prior agreed on the militia’s withdrawal.

Turkey has long demanded the YPG withdraw from Syria’s northern border with the nation. In a new roadmap agreed upon by Ankara and Washington on Monday, the Syrian Kurds will leave and the U.S. and Turkey will jointly maintain security in the city.

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“We affirm that our forces will heed the call when necessary to offer support and help to the people of Manbij should it be needed,” the YPG said in a statement.

The YPG said fighters left Manbij in November 2016 after the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) there. Military advisers stayed, however, to work with the Manbij Military Council, according to the statement. Those advisers will now leave.

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Washington has backed the YPG, which is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, in its fight against ISIS. But Ankara considers the YPG a terrorist group, connected to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party in Turkey.

The mismatched view between the U.S. and its NATO ally has caused a number...
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