Manbij Military Council (MMC) official spokesman Shervan Derwish has told ANHA that the Turkish army, which is attacking Manbij, isn’t fighting terror, but aims to occupy their towns.
On 20 November the Turkish army began attacking villages in western Manbij, civilian areas and the positions of the Manbij Military Council. The military activity in the Manbij region continues today. The spokesman of the MMC Servan Darwish answered Aylina Kilic’s questions in relation to the Turkish army’s ongoing attacks and military activity.
How do you evaluate the YPG forces withdrawing to the east of the Euphrates after training the Manbij Military Council fighters? Despite the YPG withdrawing, what does the Turkish army’s attacks on Manbij’s villages mean?
The YPG’s withdrawal from Manbij took place as a result of the agreement with the international coalition powers. According to this, the YPG has fulfilled their promise. By fighting against terror heroically as the forces of the Syrian people, they have fulfilled their duties. The claims against the YPG which say that the YPG are not the forces of Syria is unfounded and immoral. The YPG forces have proven that they are the defense forces of the Syrian people by completing their moral and humanistic duties. They are not like the other forces who have slaughtered and used violence against the Syrian people.
The YPG’s withdrawal from Manbij did not work in the AKP/MIT’s [Turkish government and Turkish Intelligence Service] fovour and the gangs that are part of the ‘Euphrates Shield’. For this reason they have turned the YPG’s withdrawal into an opportunity, carrying out practises against this and wanting to crush the Manbij Military Council forces which have rescued Manbij and its countryside from Daesh [IS/ISIS] gangs. According to the Turkish state, the fighters of the Manbij Military Council cannot fulfill their duties of defending [the region] on their own.
How were the Turkish state’s attacks? What kind of weapons were used in the attacks and which Manbij Military Council bases were targeted?
The Turkish state has used every technique possible to achieve their conspiratorial plans. Warplanes, tanks and artillery shells were used in these attacks. Many points under our control in western Manbij were shelled. In these attacks the villages of Şêx Nasir, Qert Wêran and Îlan were targeted. Some civilians were injured as a result of attacks whilst there was also a great damage to property. One of our fighters was martyred and two were injured in the Turkish state’s attacks. Our forces responded to the attacks and one tank used by Turkish-backed gangs was destroyed, many gangs were killed. Our forces are in a good position at the moment. The occupying Turkish army and affiliated gangs cannot enter the area.
Despite YPG forces withdrawing from the region, the Turkish state continues to attack the region, what does this mean?
With these attacks the Turkish state and affiliated gangs have shown their actual intentions and their inaccurate claims have been revealed. They are after occupying our region whilst claiming that they are fighting Daesh gangs. Their only purpose now is to occupy Manbij. They want to commit massacres here, they want to commit inhumane practises.
How do you evaluate the approach of the international coalition against the Turkish state’s attacks after YPG withdrawal from Manbij?
YPG forces left Manbij as part of the agreement with the international coalition powers. The international coalition has trained many of our fighters. Our forces make up at least five thousand. The international coalition needs to fulfill the promises they have made to the fighters of the Manbij Military Council. They should not allow the Turkish state and its gangs to attack the region, they should make efforts for the sake of the security and serenity of the region.
SDF to Coalition: We Will Halt Raqqa Operation If Turkey Does Not Cease Attacks on Manbij
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Leadership has told the International Coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) that it will halt its operation on Raqqa if Turkey doesn’t cease attacks on Manbij according to claims.
In a statement via Telegram seen by KQ.com, the SDF, which recently launched the Wrath of Euphrates operation to liberate Raqqa from the IS, said it had told the anti-IS International Coalition it will halt its campaign on Raqqa and move its forces, which number 40,000, to Manbij if it does not stop the Turkish army’s attacks on liberated areas in and around Manbij in northern Syria.
Turkey and Free Syrian Army groups backed by Ankara have been attacking areas north of Manbij for the past two days.
Six civilians, including children, were killed tonight in Turkish airstrikes.
The SDF has accused Turkey of damaging the fight against IS in Syria.