SDF will halt Raqqa operation if Turkey does not stop its attacks on Manbij

Kurdish forces heading to Raqqa frontlines

RAQQA – 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, 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.