Turkey’s Erdogan says Kurdish groups leaving Manbij area

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addresses supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) during an election rally for the upcoming June 24, elections, in Samsun, Turkey on Monday, June 18, 2018. Turkey announced its troops began patrols on the outskirts of the key northern Syrian town of Manbij following a recent deal struck with the United States and Erdogan confirmed the patrol began in his speech. (Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)
Updated 18 June 2018
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Turkey’s Erdogan says Kurdish groups leaving Manbij area

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Syrian Kurdish militia fighters were leaving northern Syria’s Manbij area.
Turkey’s armed forces announced earlier that Turkish and US soldiers had started independent patrols along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish YPG militia fighters are based. Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group.
Erdogan made the comments in a campaign rally in the northern province of Ordu.


French military to continue fight against Daesh in Levant: Macron

Updated 17 January 2019
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French military to continue fight against Daesh in Levant: Macron

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday the death of four Americans in Syria this week showed that the battle against Daesh militants would continue and he vowed that France would keep its troops in the region this year.
"The announced withdrawal of our American ally should not deflect us from our strategic objective to eradicate Daesh", Macron said in a speech in Toulouse to the armed forces.
Citing the death of 16 people, including four Americans, in a suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria, near the border with Turkey, Macron said the next few months would be decisive.
"We will remain militarily engaged in the Levant in the international coalition (...) over the coming year," he said.