A Syrian city that is a stated target of a Turkish-backed operation in the north of the country Syria is under the protection of a local, Kurdish-allied militia and the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, the local militia said.
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who comprise mostly of the Kurdish YPG militia, has said that the town of Manbij is protected by the US-led coalition.
This comes as Turkey has made clear of their intentions to take the Kurdish-held Syria with the Turkish military, Turkmen battalions of the Free Syrian Army and Islamist groups.
The Manbij Military Council, an SDF organization to lead the defense of the region, made the claim that they are protected by Turkey’s NATO allies, the United States.
“We in the Manbij Military Council confirm again that Manbij and its rural areas are under the protection of the Manbij Military Council and under the care of the international coalition and its protection,” the Manbij Military Council said in a statement released late on Sunday.