Saturday, February 18, 2017

Kurds pledge to fight Turkey to retain Syria's Manbij

The commander of Kurdish fighters in Syria's Manbij city has told Al Jazeera that his forces will fight to defend any move by Turkey to take over the area.

Adnan Abu Amjad's comment came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that when his country's forces finished helping Syrian opposition fighters take over Al Bab from ISIL, they would move on to Manbij and then ISIL's self-declared capital Raqqa.

Erdogan said he wants to set up a safe zone near the Turkish border and clear all Kurdish forces from the area.

Abu Amjad said: "If Erdogan wants to come to Manbij, it's his business, but we will defend our city with all the strength we can find. As Syrian people, we'll resist any interference in our internal affairs."

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