Erdogan: Turkey ready to take over security in Manbij

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Mehmet Tosun</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkey is ready to take over the security in Syria's Manbij without delay, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a phone conversation with his U.S. counterpart late Sunday.</p> <p>A statement from the Turkish presidency said Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to take joint measures to clear Daesh's remnants in Syria and prevent the group's resurgence.</p> <p>Erdogan said that Turkey will not allow PKK and its Syrian affiliate PYD/YPG to destabilize northeastern Syria.</p> <p>The two leaders also discussed the bilateral relations, as well as the latest developments in Syria.</p> <p>Erdogan expressed his condolences to Trump over American staff who lost their lives in last week's terrorist attack in Manbij, adding that it was a provocation to influence the U.S. decision to withdraw from Syria.</p> <p>At least four Americans were killed, and three others injured in an apparent suicide attack in Manbij, Syria, the Pentagon said last week.</p> <p>U.S. Central Command said two service members died, as well as a Pentagon civilian and a contractor, while conducting a &quot;local engagement.&quot; A defense official speaking on condition of anonymity said the contractor was working as an interpreter.</p> <p>All of the wounded Americans were service members, according to the command.</p> <p>An unknown number of local civilians were also killed and injured.</p> <p>