Turkey Manbij Offensive Begins as Trump Preps Sanctions on Ankara


Ankara (GPA) – The US seems to be helping the Turkey Manbij operation even as President Donald Trump threatens sanctions on Ankara.

The situation surrounding Syria is proving to be as complicated as ever as day six of Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northeast Syria comes to a close. Despite the initial claims by United States President Donald Trump that US forces would be leaving Syria, there now seems to be some confusion on where exactly Washington stands.

Over the past several days, the Turkish-backed rebels known as the Syrian National Army (SNA) backed by Turkish troops have made quick advances into several areas formerly controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

The SDF is an umbrella organization primarily composed of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) which is led by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by not only Turkey but also the US and NATO as a whole.

Related: Trump Outsources Syria Destabilization to Turkey in Bid to Ease Tensions

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