June 18, 2018 / 3:50 PM / 9 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish groups leaving Manbij area

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during an election rally in Istanbul, Turkey, June 17, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Syrian Kurdish militia fighters were leaving northern Syria’s Manbij area.

Turkey’s armed forces announced earlier that Turkish and U.S. soldiers had started independent patrols along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish YPG militia fighters are based. Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group.

Erdogan made the comments in a campaign rally in the northern province of Ordu.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Dominic Evans

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