BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:58 A.M.) – Finding a diplomatic solution to the Kurdish-held town of Manbij in Syria’s north is necessary, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday.
He did however emphasize that a military option would be considered if diplomacy fails.
Speaking to broadcaster A Haber in an interview, Isik also said Turkey was considering options on preventing the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) from gaining a foothold in Iraq’s Sinjar.
The PKK are considered a terrorist organization by Turkey. Meanwhile, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are the Syrian extension of the PKK, and in control of Manbij.