Syrian Kurds call for buffer with Turkish forces

A US -allied militia in northern Syria said on Thursday it had agreed to hand over villages on the front line with Turkey-backed rebels to Syrian government control under an agreement with Russian Federation.

"Al-Bab is the symbol of what will be the new normal - larger powers fighting over the pieces of the carcass of IS's would-be caliphate", said analyst Nicholas Heras, a Middle East researcher at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington-based research organization.

Kurdish-led forces captured the northern town of Manbij from IS last August, prompting Turkey to deploy troops into northern Syria.

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It has led the Syrian Democratic Forces - mostly consisting of Kurdish fighters - to reportedly offer Manbij to the regime in a truce brokered by Moscow. The YPG has subsequently said it has withdrawn from Manbij.

Since it resumed its armed campaign in July 2015, the PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA, and European Union - has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children.

Turkish officials say they want to oust the SDF from the nearby town of Manbij.

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He also said the Russian move in the area didnít affect USA forces and the coalition run training camps near Manbij.

Turkey threatened Thursday to strike the Syrian Kurdish militia forces if they did not withdraw from Manbij. The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters this week that Turkish troops will continue assaulting Kurdish fighters in areas around Manbij. "We don't want our USA allies to maintain a relationship with a terrorist organization that targets us".

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