BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Turkish-sponsored safe zone in northern Syria has yet to be agreed upon by either the U.S. Coalition or the Russian forces, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.
In an interview with broadcaster A Haber, Cavusoglu said Turkey and the United States had started discussing who will be in the administration of Syria’s Manbij, a town currently controlled by a militia allied to U.S.-backed Kurdish forces.
However, despite Turkey’s insistence on taking control of Manbij, the local militia that is loyal to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is uninterested in allowing the Turkish-backed rebels to take hold of the city.
Manbij was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces during their northeast Aleppo campaign 2016 against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh).