Erdogan says that bombing International Coalition in Manbij may speed up US withdrawal
Turkey - SMART
At a news conference held by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, with his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar Kitarović in Ankara, Erdogan said that the bombing of an International Coalition patrol in the city of Manbij, 80 kilometers east of Aleppo, Northern Syria, may aim to influence the United States' decision to withdraw from Syria.
Erdogan said that the incident may aim to influence the US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US forces from Syria. Erdogan added that he believed that Trump will not back down from the decision because it would be a victory for the IS.
In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the IS targeting of the International Coalition patrol in Manbij. The ministry also confirmed its commitment to implement the Manbij road map agreement, according to the Turkish news agency Yeni Safak.
On Wednesday, an explosion in Manbij killed 31 people, including US soldiers, members of the Manbij military council of the Syrian Democratic Forces, and civilians. The IS claimed responsibility for the explosion.
A few weeks ago, the US decided to withdraw its forces from Syria after Erdogan announced that Turkey will launch a military operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units east of the Euphrates River. Erdogan later decided to delay the operation.