Erdoğan: Manbij blast might be aimed at affecting US decision on Syria withdrawal

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Armoured vehicles of Turkish and U.S. troops are seen as they begin their first round of joint patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, as part of a deal to rid the area of the YPG militia, on November 1, 2018 in Manbij, Syria. AFP PHOTOS

Following a suicide bombing on Wednesday in the northern Syrian town of Manbij that killed 20 people including four Americans, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the attack might be aimed at affecting the US decision to withdraw from Syria.

Erdoğan made a statement to the press hours after the explosion and said the number of casualties in the attack was 20, two of whom were US soldiers, one an American contractor and one a US Department of Defense civilian.

“This attack might be intended to affect the US decision to withdraw,” Erdoğan said in reference to the Trump administration’s decision to leave northern Syria.

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