Turkey May Expand Syrian Operation to Manbij, East of Euphrates Amid YPG Worries

 Turkey May Expand Syrian Operation to Manbij, East of Euphrates Amid YPG Worries
Turkey May Expand Syrian Operation to Manbij, East of Euphrates Amid YPG Worries

According to Turkish Media reports on Tuesday, Turkey’s possible offensive in Syria’s northern Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave is set to start with airstrikes on 149 targets of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has called on the international community to take action against Turkey’s strikes on Afrin.

According to the PYD, Afrin “will not be alone” as all Kurdish-held areas in the north and east of Syria are ready to stand with it.

At the same time, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara cannot limit its precautionary measures against the YPG to Syria’s Afrin district, it might move to the city of Manbij, also in Aleppo province, and to the east of the Euphrates River.

“Turkey’s precautions against YPG/PKK cannot be limited to only Afrin. There is also Manbij and east of the Euphrates River,” Cavusoglu said Tuesday, as quoted by Anadolu news agency.

The foreign minister also reportedly said that, contrary to US promises, the cities of Manbij and Raqqa were not governed by local councils after being liberated from the Daesh terrorist group, but rather came under the control of the PYD.

“The U.S. has previously stated that the PYD/PKK was not their strategic partner, [that] in fact, they were only working together to defeat Daesh… As we can see, we have so many reasons to be skeptical, and we have enough reasons to take our own precautions,” Cavusoglu stressed.

The statements come in the wake of Tuesday’s report by the Vatan newspaper, saying that Turkey’s possible offensive in Syria’s northern Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave will start with airstrikes on 149 targets of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Source: News Agencies