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Syria/Iraq: 'Such news is fake' - Legislative council member denies SAA arrival in Manbij04:57

Syria/Iraq: 'Such news is fake' - Legislative council member denies SAA arrival in Manbij

Syrian Arab Republic, Multiple locations
December 30, 2018 at 10:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Suzan Al-Hussein from the Joint Presidency for the Legislative Council of Manbij denied that Syrian government forces had entered Manbij during an interview on Saturday.

"We, as a civil administration in Manbij, claim that such news is not true, such news is fake" Al-Hussein said, adding: "The regime did not arrive to Manbij up to now. There might be some agreements for the regime, it may be positioned on the friction lines between Manbij city and the Turkish part. If such an agreement were to take place, it would be under the leadership of the Manbij Military Council."

Residents of Manbij also expressed their opinions regarding the potential Turkish offensive in the region.

"We denounce the Turkish occupation heading towards Manbij, because Erdogan and his mercenaries are occupiers, they have no right. We - the population here - have been coexisting for three years now, I swear that there is no better situation, and the propaganda is unbelievable," said Abu Elias, member of 'Syria the Future' party.

According to another resident, "Some say that the Turks will arrive, others say that the [Syrian] regime will arrive. But I have been wandering through the city for a couple of days and I saw neither. I've seen no one."

In Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, the representative of the Kurdish self-administration in Syria Jawidan Kamal Hassan said that the US withdrawal from Syria was not expected, as a political solution for the country is still far away and the prospect of a Turkish invasion is looming.

The SAA is planning to enter the northern city of Manbij, close to the border with Turkey, following a request from the Kurdish YPG for it to protect the location.

Meanwhile, reacting to the SAA's reported entrance in the city, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was determined to "destroy" Kurdish militants in Manbij.

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Suzan Al-Hussein from the Joint Presidency for the Legislative Council of Manbij denied that Syrian government forces had entered Manbij during an interview on Saturday.

"We, as a civil administration in Manbij, claim that such news is not true, such news is fake" Al-Hussein said, adding: "The regime did not arrive to Manbij up to now. There might be some agreements for the regime, it may be positioned on the friction lines between Manbij city and the Turkish part. If such an agreement were to take place, it would be under the leadership of the Manbij Military Council."

Residents of Manbij also expressed their opinions regarding the potential Turkish offensive in the region.

"We denounce the Turkish occupation heading towards Manbij, because Erdogan and his mercenaries are occupiers, they have no right. We - the population here - have been coexisting for three years now, I swear that there is no better situation, and the propaganda is unbelievable," said Abu Elias, member of 'Syria the Future' party.

According to another resident, "Some say that the Turks will arrive, others say that the [Syrian] regime will arrive. But I have been wandering through the city for a couple of days and I saw neither. I've seen no one."

In Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, the representative of the Kurdish self-administration in Syria Jawidan Kamal Hassan said that the US withdrawal from Syria was not expected, as a political solution for the country is still far away and the prospect of a Turkish invasion is looming.

The SAA is planning to enter the northern city of Manbij, close to the border with Turkey, following a request from the Kurdish YPG for it to protect the location.

Meanwhile, reacting to the SAA's reported entrance in the city, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was determined to "destroy" Kurdish militants in Manbij.

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