from Daily Sabah
Local people in northern Syria's Manbij have demanded the departure of
the PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG), and its main backer
the United States, from the city.
Speaking to Yeni Şafak newspaper yesterday, Abdulkarim al-Fahel, a
tribe leader in Manbij, said that locals want not only to drive the YPG,
but also U.S. troops away from the city, due to Washington's continuous
support of the terrorist group.
Pointing to the YPG's fear of Turkey's recent signals of a likely
operation into territories east of the Euphrates controlled by the
group, Fahel added that the YPG had started to collect taxes amounting
to a whole years' worth in a day from the people of Manbij, which has
caused unrest among locals.
Local people living in areas held by the group have long been
suffering from YPG atrocities.
Numerous human rights organizations have
documented the YPGs violations of human rights including torture,
recruiting child soldiers and burning civil buildings. The group also
systematically and forcefully displaced Arabs from their homes in line
with their "Kurdification" policy in traditionally Arab towns...
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