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Manbij Military Council rejects Turkish military presence in region

A woman stands along a damaged street in Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The official spokesman for Syria’s Manbij Military Council, a militia allied to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, said on Wednesday that it will not accept a Turkish military presence in the town.

“We will not accept that,” council spokesman Sharfan Darwish told Reuters in response to the question whether the council would accept a Turkish military presence in the Manbij area.

Turkey and the United States on Monday reached an agreement for jointly administering Manbij.

Darwish said the council was “awaiting explanations and clarification from the international U.S.- led coalition” about the details of the agreement.

Reporting by Dahlia Nehme; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg