Turkey: Kurdish militia hasn’t pulled out of Syrian town

The leading Syrian Kurdish militia said on June 5 it would withdraw from Manbij, easing fears of a direct clash between NATO allies Washington and Ankara over the strategic northern town. (AFP)
Updated 16 July 2018
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Turkey: Kurdish militia hasn’t pulled out of Syrian town

  • On Sunday, the US-backed Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council said the YPG completed its withdrawal
  • The ministry says the YPG is still pulling out of areas where Turkish and US forces have been patrolling

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey says Syrian Kurdish militiamen haven’t completed their withdrawal but are still pulling out of a strategic town in northern Syria.
Turkey and the United States announced last month they had reached an agreement for the militia — known as People’s Protection Units, or YPG — to leave Manbij, a town west of the Euphrates River.
On Sunday, the US-backed Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council said the YPG completed its withdrawal, removing a major source of tension between Washington and Ankara.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, however, says those reports are “exaggerated” and didn’t “reflect the truth.”
The ministry says the YPG is still pulling out of areas where Turkish and US forces have been conducting separate patrols.
Turkey has labelled the YPG a terrorist group, linked to its own Kurdish insurgency.


Iran says US doesn’t dare to attack Iran

Updated 21 August 2018
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Iran says US doesn’t dare to attack Iran

LONDON: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the United States does not dare to attack Iran as it is aware of the Islamic Republic’s military power and the high price of conflict.
“Why the United States does not attack us? Because of our power, because it knows ...its consequences,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.