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Turkey does not plan unilateral military action in Syria's Manbij - PM
March 6, 2017 / 5:33 PM / 7 months ago

Turkey does not plan unilateral military action in Syria's Manbij - PM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim waves after his speech in Oberhausen, Germany, February 18, 2017, to promote Turkey's constitution referendum on April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey does not plan a military campaign against the Syrian town of Manbij without coordinating with the United States and Russia, which have a military presence in the area, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday.

“(Without such coordination) there wouldn’t be much of a result and things could get more complicated,” Yildirim told broadcaster A Haber, adding that talks at the military level were underway.

Last week Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Manbij would be the next target in the military campaign Turkey is waging alongside Syrian rebels in northern Syria against both Islamic State and the Kurdish YPG militia.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Gareth Jones

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