Turkish President Erdoğan: Obama Administration Cheated Turkey in Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: The administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama “failed to keep its promises” for Turkey in Syria, not following up its pledge to “leave Manbij to its rightful owners’
Manbij is a city in the northeast of the Aleppo Governorate in northern Syria, currently controlled by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara sees as linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“God willing, starting with Manbij we will continue to thwart these plans along our border and completely rid our region of this calamity,” Erdoğan said.
“There are no Kurds in Manbij. Ninety-five percent of it consists of Arabs. They did the same thing in [the Syrian city of] Kobane,” he added.
“Our concern is the establishment of justice, not the seizure of land,” Erdoğan said, adding that one aim of the Afrin operation is to create a safe zone to which some of the over 3 million Syrians currently in Turkey could return.