US Army spokesperson: Manbij Military Council will remain in Manbij, Turkish soldiers won't go

by Wladimir van Wilgenburg    


Army Colonel Sean Ryan, the spokesperson of the US-led Coalition told reporters on Tuesday that Turkish soldiers will not go into Manbij and that Manbij will stay under control of the Manbij Military Council (MMC).

“They're independent coordinations, they're not joint patrols,” he said about recent Turkish patrols near Manbij last Monday on the demarcation line that separates Turkish-backed rebels and the MMC near Manbij. “I can tell you that Turkish soldiers will not go into Manbij,” he said. “(…) obviously Turkish soldiers are going to be outside Manbij,” he added.

“Manbij military council is in control of all the area, and so this will just be basically along the northern demarcation line is where the conflict will take to it,” he added

Moreover, he added that more details about the US-Turkish roadmap announced by the US and Turkish foreign minister on 4 June will come out. “Again, you know, this agreement was -- was just recently coordinated, and I think all the details are still going to come out,” he said.

“We're just going with the information that we have. It's still relatively new. So some of these, you know, answers may unfold in the next week or so, but that's -- these are still ongoing discussions, but that's what we know right now,” he added.

“However, you know, this is definitely, you know, an agreement between both countries. And I haven't seen the final say on that, but from what we're being told on our side is they will not enter Manbij, or any other area, from the 4 June agreement,” he added.

“But I can tell you, you know, they're going to -- Turkey and the United States are going to work within the framework that they discussed, and the goal is to keep Manbij peaceful and stable like it is right now.” 

“You know, we want to make sure that the security concerns are taking with Manbij and know that those residents will feel safe and secure and that everyone has a role,” he concluded.