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Turkey: US Needs to Withdraw From Syria's Manbij Region Immediately

FILE - U.S. forces take up positions on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Manbij, a flashpoint between Turkish troops and allied Syrian and U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, March 7, 2017.

The United States needs to withdraw from northern Syria's Manbij region immediately, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday.

President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkish forces would sweep Kurdish fighters from the Syrian border and could push all the way east to the frontier with Iraq, including Manbij – a move which risks a possible confrontation with U.S. forces allied to the Kurds.

Speaking to reporters, Cavusoglu also said Turkey wanted to see concrete steps by the United States to end its support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

Ankara said earlier it had been told by U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster that Washington would not provide the YPG with weapons anymore.