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.