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.