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Erdogan says Kurdish militia still in Syria’s Manbij, Turkey to act

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the Kurdish YPG militia has not left the northern Syrian town of Manbij, contrary to a U.S.-Turkish agreement, and Turkey will do what is necessary.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a millitary ceremony in Isparta, Turkey October 12, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

“They are now digging trenches in Manbij. What does this mean? It means ‘we’ve prepared the graves, come and bury us’,” Erdogan said at a rally in southern Turkey. “They said they would abandon the area in 90 days, but they haven’t. We will do what is necessary.”

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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