National Security Council says terrorists in Manbij 'should be removed as soon as possible'

Turkey on Wednesday warned of taking action in Syria's northern Manbij region, if it is not cleared of terrorists.

The National Security Council met under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in capital Ankara.

A written statement was released after the meeting.

"It was stated [during the meeting] that terrorists in Manbij should be removed from the region as soon as possible, or else Turkey will not abstain from taking initiative," said a statement.

It added that Turkey will "take action" if Iraq failed to halt PKK terrorist group's activities in its territory.

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