ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s president is accusing the United States of failing to abide by a deal for a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia to withdraw from a town it had liberated from Islamic State militants in northern Syria.
Washington and Ankara struck the deal in June to defuse tensions. It calls for the militia to leave the strategic town of Manbij and for joint Turkish-U.S. patrols there.
Ankara considers the Kurdish People’s Protection Units or YPG militia a terror group that’s part of a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the U.S. hasn’t honored the agreed-on “roadmap” for Manbij.
Erdogan says “America has not kept up with the roadmap and schedule for Manbij. The (YPG) has not left the region.”
His comments were published in Hurriyet newspaper on Friday.
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