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.


Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

Updated 20 February 2019
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Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM: Israeli police say they have arrested 19 Palestinians as clashes broke out at a contested Jerusalem holy site.
Police say dozens of Palestinians participated in a prayer protest Tuesday, attempting to breach a section of the compound that has been closed by Israeli court order for years.
Palestinian medics reported that several protesters were injured in the standoff.
The incident follows a similar scuffle on Monday in which Palestinians tried to break the gate that Israel placed on the closed area last week.
The compound, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is considered the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.
Any trace of Israeli security interference in the shrine, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, can ignite violence.