October 18, 2016 / 9:56 AM / 9 months ago

Syrian Kurdish YPG to be removed from Manbij, Turkey's Erdogan says

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the International Istanbul Law Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, October 17, 2016.Murad Sezer

ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will be removed from the Syrian town of Manbij after Islamic State fighters are driven from the nearby town of al-Bab, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

In a speech in Ankara, Erdogan also said that discussions were underway with the United States about a possible joint operation to push Islamic State from the Syrian town of Raqqa. Turkey aimed to create a "safe zone" covering 5,000 square kilometres (1,930 square miles) in northern Syria, he said.

Reporting by Ercan Gurses and Daren Butler; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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