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Reuters: Manbij is Turkey's next step in Syria operation, Erdogan says
Turkey-backed forces will move toward the northern Syrian town of Manbij after completing their operation in al-Bab as originally planned, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
In a news conference in Ankara before embarking on an official visit to Pakistan, Erdogan also said the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia - which Turkey regards as a terrorist organization - should be moved out to the east of the Euphrates river.
Erdogan also ruled out any chance of cooperation with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes the Syrian Kurdish militia.
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Update: Turkey will end operation in Syria after Manbij captured: Erdogan's adviser (UPI)
WNU Editor: The Syrian Army is also approaching Manbij .... Road to Nowhere: Syrian Army Blocks Turkey's Assault on Raqqa (Sputnik). Talk about setting the stage for a possible unpleasant encounter if the Turkish army continues their offensive. But the real prize is Raqqa .... Turkey Said to Seek U.S. Support to Attack IS Syria Bastion (Bloomberg).