People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces have left the northern Syrian city of Manbij to the east of the Euphrates River in order to prepare for the upcoming Raqqa battle.
Once a stronghold for the Islamic State, Manbij was captured by the US-led coalition on August 15 of this year after weeks of fierce battles with the jihadists.
The YPG forces then engaged in training Manbij Military Council; a group of local fighters who now bear the responsibility of defending their city.
Ankara, which accuses the YPG of aiding the Kurdish separatists in Turkey, has repeatedly called on the Kurdish forces to withdraw from areas in east of the Euphrates.
On August 24, Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield to expel ISIS jihadists from areas along its borders with Syria.