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Erdogan escalates threats to attack Manbij

Turkey’s president has promised to widen Turkey’s military offensive in Syria despite US warnings, insisting that the Americans haven't kept their agreement to get the Kurdish militants to withdraw from Manbij.
Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army members are seen on Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 28, 2018. REUTERS/ Khalil Ashawi - RC12885992C0

In a fresh display of defiance against the United States, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to expand Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria today, saying territories under their control would be restored to their “rightful owners.”

Speaking to members of his ruling Justice and Development Party in the Turkish parliament, Erdogan bellowed, “They tell us, ‘Don’t come to Manbij.’ We will come to Manbij to hand over these territories to their rightful owners,” he said. Erdogan's "they" meant the United States, which has warned Turkey against moving against its top ally the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protections Units (YPG) in Manbij, a mainly Arab town west of the Euphrates River that was captured by the YPG and its Arab allies with the coalition’s help in August 2016.

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