Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Turkey will not tolerate any YPG presence inside the Aleppo Governorate city of Manbij, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

According to the Turkish President, the U.S. has not fulfilled its obligations from the June agreement.

“We cannot say a 90-day timeline on [the YPG withdrawal from] Manbij has been implemented. It has not. We know what we will do if it is not implemented. If necessary steps are not taken in the eastern Euphrates and if the process is delayed, we will take all the necessary steps at the highest level against the YPG/PYD, more precisely against the PKK,” Erdoğan stated, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily.

While Turkey has not increased their military presence in Manbij, this could ultimately change if the U.S. fails to remove the remaining YPG fighters from the city.

Currently, the YPG has a large presence inside and outside of Manbij; they also maintain close ties with the Manbij Military Council, who they fought next to during their fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) in northern Syria.

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turkije you come,s soon ,you are a backstabber and terrorists .i hope the saa helps the kurd to kick out the turks out of syria .

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Karel Vd Geest

US and France have forces there with radar an d SAM’s.

MMC has expanded largely and will be supported by YPG and other SDF forces as well as US and France. All Nato will declare war on Turkey when it attacks Nato forces and US will destroy what is left of their pityfull economy.

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The problem being Turkey also being NATO, well, for many, only on paper… And let’s think about ISIS+Nusra taking profit of the vacuum… Erdogan should stop snorting, France alone can have his a$$ for lunch!

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Add to this that there is some (open) secret alliance between Greece, Egypt, Cyprus and Israel against Turkey. Moreover, if he bombs EU militaries, the whole EU can stand as a block, see art 47(2) of constitution. Moreover, if USA can’t except if under attack, EU can summon NATO just like the UNSC and… Erdogan managed to get on the nerves of many… Erdogan may even end with Russia and Syria participating such a coalition. Just thinking he’s in bed with al-Zenki makes him deserving the visit of a SCALP-EG to his office.

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With Yankees and French militaries embedded with the Kurds?
Does Erdogan wants to end like Gaddafi, with a bayonet räping his a$$?
Won’t be a great loss for mankind!

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Stern Daler

Big words. Will Turkey deliver?