Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

'Turkey will hit PKK/PYD in Manbij unless it retreats'

'Turkey will hit PKK/PYD in Manbij unless it retreats'

Russian and Syrian regime forces are moving "humanitarian" convoys carrying military equipment into Manbij in northern Syria, the US Department of Defense said on Friday.

The situation is similarly complicated on al-Bab's eastern front, where Turkish-backed rebels are battling USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led coalition force.

Turkish military vehicles drive in the Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, as they head towards the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria, March 2, 2017.

Here's a look at the players: SYRIAN KURDS The U.S. -backed Syria Democratic Forces - a Kurdish-led alliance that includes Arab tribesmen and Christian militias - is the most effective ground force battling the Islamic State group in Syria.

However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tells reporters in Ankara there was no such agreement between Russian Federation and the Syrian Kurds.

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Despite Turkish concerns, US military officials have expressed support of Syrian Kurdish fighters, especially in the fight to dislodge IS from its de facto capital of Raqqa the next target of varied forces against the jihadist group.

Turkey will attack the terrorist PKK/PYD in Manbij, northern Syria "unless the group withdraws", Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, Anadolu reported.

Capt. Davis said SDF didnít inform them about the agreement, and didnít have much information about this development, but he encouraged all parties to focus on fighting Daesh.

Ankara said this week that nex target of Turkish-backed forces was SDF-held Manbij.

He added that Russian Federation had informed the United States about the convoys ahead of time through a special hotline. Majority were women and children, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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