A fighter from the Manbij Military Council stands guard near the village of Awshariyah, north of Manbij on March 31, 2018. AFP / Delil souleiman
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On the outskirts of Syria's Manbij, Kurdish-led fighters have dug trenches and U.S.-led coalition soldiers patrol from land and sky after Turkey threatened to overrun the city. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to launch an attack on the northern city, near which U.S. troops are stationed as part of their support to a Kurdish-led alliance fighting militants.On its northern flank, only a few hundred meters separate the positions of the pro-Ankara rebels and the SDF, which has spearheaded the fight against Daesh (ISIS).An AFP correspondent saw the U.S. troops even after President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would pull forces out of Syria "very soon".Ankara views the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia that controlled Afrin as "terrorists," although the YPG formed the backbone of the United States-backed SDF that has ousted Daesh from much of Syria.
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