The Manbij Military Council (MMC) on Sunday denied handing over areas to the Syrian government after increased tensions between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Sinjar, ARA News reported.

“Following our statement in relation to the border line between our forces and the Euphrates Shield, some press and broadcasting institutions do not reflect the reality and are making distorted claims,” said the council, which is affiliated to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“As the Manbij Military Council, we have already pointed out that the defense duty of Manbij city and its surroundings is carried out by our troops and international coalition forces. We do not allow any passage of forces into the area,” the council said in a reference to Syrian government forces.

“Manbij was rescued from the Daesh [ISIS] gangs by our forces and international coalition forces, and we are carrying out the defense of Manbij as the same forces. We promise our people that we will defend them and make their lives safe,” the council added.

“The agreement made between Russia and us, the Manbij Military Council, only comprises of the border line of the Arima region and Euphrates Shield,” said the General Command of Manbij Military Council.

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Arslan
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Arslan

Let the Turks light them up a little, then maybe they’ll change decision

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“after increased tensions between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Sinjar” – this is false. The tensions are between KDP and the Yazidi locals.

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Nestor Arapa

Los Yazadies no quieren la presencia de los Peshmergas, estos huyeron o abandonaron a los lugareños ante la invasión de ISIS, los que acudieron a su rescate fueron los guerrilleros de PKK.

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What Yazidi locals? It is well known that PKK, which has a lkng history of presence in northern Iraq, has infiltrated and took control of Sinjar and its nearby areas through YBS, a milita consisting of both Yazidi fighters it has weaned into its trap as well as PKK fighters both Iraqis and foreign. The mostly Shia Popular Mobilization Forces is also helping YBS which it considers is a fellow faction under its wing, because of course an independent Kurdistan will mean increased independence demand among Kurds in Iran. Turkey, Iraqi government and Kurdistan government have demanded the PKK and… Read more »