US refuses to withdraw troops prior to Erdogan’s offensive on Marbij

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January 29 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

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RUposters – by Inessa Sinchougova

The Command of the US armed forces is not going to withdraw troops from the Syrian city of Manbij, the offensive on which is being prepared by Turkey.

“This is not the option that we are considering,” – said the head of the US Central Command, General Joseph Votel.

Thus, if Ankara implements plans for an attack on Manbij, previously reported by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the risk of clashes between Turkish and US military will increase.

Earlier, Erdogan announced plans to expand the zone of the operation “Olive Branch” to the Syrian-Iraqi border, including Manbij.

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