Turkey warns the YPG to leave Syria's Manbij

US general Kurds to participate in Raqqah operation

Villages controlled by the Manbij Military Council will be handed to the Syrian regime in the coming days under a deal agreed with Russian Federation, an official from the council said on Thursday. Here's a look at the players: SYRIAN KURDS The U.S. -backed Syria Democratic Forces - a Kurdish-led alliance that includes Arab tribesmen and Christian militias - is the most effective ground force battling the Islamic State group in Syria. In a media briefing organized by the Russian Defense Ministry on March 3, Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, the chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate, said the Syrian army has reached Manbij, which is now under the control of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces, in accordance with Russian-mediated agreements. Clashes between Turkey-backed rebels erupted, but eventually both started moving eastward, toward the important, Kurdish-held city of Manbij. It captured the area around Manbij from Islamic State militants a year ago. "We expect this commitment to be fulfilled as soon as possible", he added.

The U.S.is "very closely tracking that Russian movement", he said, noting that the convoy, which predominantly carried aid, was accompanied by "heavy equipment" for force protection in the highly contested area. "Turkey and the United States must not face off against each other because of Turkey's fight against other terrorist groups", said Cavusoglu.

The SDF is led by the YPG, a group the US has consistently relied on as its principal partner in the anti-Daesh fight in northern Syria.

Meanwhile, military sources said, two armed vehicles and 12 buildings belonging to Daesh were destroyed in northern Syria's al-Bab, a city that was liberated from the group's clutches, last week.

The U.S.is aware of a Syrian-Russian convoy that traveled to the northern city of Manbij, the Pentagon confirmed Friday.

Turkey sees no risk of a "face-off" with American troops in Manbij, he said.

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