<p style="text-align: left;">A U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday Washington is sticking to its agreement with Turkey on a roadmap for the northern Syrian city of Manbij, and not including the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG).

Speaking via video conferencing at a news conference at the Pentagon, Col. Sean J. Ryan, the spokesman for the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force, emphasized there are little elements of the YPG left in the area.
"As far as I'm tracking, there's very little YPG if any at all. And we are adhering to that agreement that the YPG will not be part of Manbij," Ryan told Anadolu Agency.
He also highlighted the success of coordinated patrols between Washington and Ankara, which he said have routed any Daesh elements from the region.
Both countries conducted more than 40 rounds of separate coordinated patrols in the region between areas liberated by Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield and Manbij, according to Turkish officials.
Separate patrols by Turkish and U.S. troops in the region began June 18, however, joint patrols have yet to be conducted.
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