Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said troops will stay in Syria until the Syrian people hold elections. “Whenever the Syrian people hold an election, we will leave Syria to its owners after they hold their elections,” Erdogan said at a forum in Istanbul on Thursday. Last month, Syrian regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey…

The Kurdish troops in Syria are holding two members of the terrorist group Islamic State who are Belgian nationals. One of them was sentenced in our country to fifteen years in prison, write La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure today. Both were born in 1990 and come from Vilvoorde. According to the newspapers, these…

A powerful explosion occurred in the Syrian city of Manbij, north of Syria, Thursday July 5, 2018 in the afternoon, reported the Turkish agency Anadolu. There are dead and wounded – the march participants in the city. Manbij, mainly inhabited by Kurds, was one of the centres of resistance to the jihadist group “Islamic State”….

At least nine people were killed Wednesday 27 June 2018 in Syria in a double attack that hit the town of Afrine (north-west), ex-bastion of the Kurdish community conquered by the Turkish army and Syrian auxiliaries, an NGO reported. Five Syrian civilians and four fighters allied to the Ankara forces died in this double attack…

The Military Council of Manbij, militia allied to the Syrian democratic forces (FDS) supported by the United States, will oppose any Turkish military presence in this northern Syrian town, announced Wednesday a spokesman, after the conclusion of an agreement between Ankara and Washington on the administration of the area. “We will not accept it,” he…

(Julie Kebbi / OLJ) The news was predictable. The information was confirmed yesterday by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as the Kurdish forces in Manbij were rumoured to be leaving recently. The militia announced the “withdrawal” of its “military advisers” two years after the taking of the city in the Syrian North from the hands…

Turkey and the United States announced on Monday 4 June 2018 in a joint statement that they had approved a road map on the Manbij region in northern Syria, where Kurdish militiamen are deployed. The statement was issued following a meeting in Washington between US diplomat Mike Pompeo and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Cavusoglu. The…

The claim that US and Turkish forces had agreed to temporarily control the Manbij region in northern Syria is “premature and unreliable,” a local Manbij official told Reuters Wednesday. Chirvan Darwish, spokesman for the Manbij Military Council, responded to statements made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu that US and Turkish forces would control the…

Turkey on Thursday urged France “not to repeat the mistakes” made by Washington, by sending soldiers to the Syrian city of Manbij, which Ankara threatens to attack to dislodge a Kurdish militia. Turkish Presidency spokesman Ibrahim Kalin warned Paris about the presence of French troops in Manbij alongside the Kurdish militia of the People’s Protection…