Mar 21 2018

U.S. has no right to be in Manbij – Turkey’s Erdoğan

The United States has no right to be in the Syrian region of Manbij, where Turkey would be continuing its Syrian operations after capturing the town of Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted by state news agency Anadolu as saying.

“They are going on about the issue of the next targets of our operations, which we have announced time and time again,” Erdoğan said.

“They (say they) are not going to withdraw from Manbij. For once forget withdrawing, you have no right to be there (in the first place).”

Erdoğan said that the weapons provided to Kurdish forces in Syria by the United States would either be turned against Turkey or Iran.

Erdogan asked, without naming the U.S., "why are you coming here from 11000, 12000 kilometers away? Are these lands yours? What do you have to do with these lands? They [US] came there [N.Syria] and injected YPG and PYD. 90% of local people of those lands are Arabs. But they expelled Arabs."

“There is no one else. Russia will not enter into such things. The moment it does, World War Three will erupt,” he said.

He blamed U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, but not Trump himself, for the deteriorating relations between Turkey and the United States.

“We expect an attitude from U.S. President Mr. Trump that will remove the confusion in his policies towards our country and prevent these announcements that are beginning to cross the line,” he said. Erdogan pointed out to different U.S. spokespeople and asked "Mr. Trump" to "teach their place" when comes to Turkey related issues in their statement. 

The U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Tuesday “that’s funny,” when asked about Erdogan's spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin's remarks that the U.S. and Turkey reached an agreement over Syrian cit Manbij, added, “because no agreement has been reached.”

Erdogan said on Wednesday, “Turkey will not stop until it has completely removed the terrorist threat that is waiting to attack us along our borders, most of all in Manbij.”