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Turkey Threatens to Attack Syrian Town Held by US Troops

•, Jason Ditz

Having captured Afrin over the weekend, Turkey isn't committing yet to exactly where they'll be attacking next in northern Syria. Manbij, however, was long expected to be a next target, and Turkish officials are still not disavowing that.

Manbij is the next closest Kurdish-held target for Turkey, but is potentially hugely complicated. That's because the US has ground troops in Manbij, and they were put there specifically to try to dissuade Turkey from attacking the city.

Manbij was an ISIS-held city, but fell to the Kurdish YPG in a bloody, US-backed offensive. Turkey claimed at the time the Kurds couldn't be allowed to keep Manbij,  on the west shore of the Euphrates, because it is Turkish policy that Syrian Kurds must all be east of the river.

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