Historically, northern Syria and all the lands spanning west and east of the Euphrates have belonged to Kurds. For generations and generations.
But according to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a change of hands must take place with the expulsion of Kurds occupying that sector and handing over the lands to Arabs.
That would in essence mean the destruction of the American forces occupying manbij and establishment of a Turkish puppet sub-state.
The issue of sphere of influence is back and Erdogan nolobger cares about the borders.
“We will come to Manbij to hand it over to its real owners,” Erdoğan told his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliamentary group on Feb. 6. And he was emphatic.
Manbij, a town in northwestern Syria, has become the focus of a growing bilateral spat between Turkey and the U.S. in the aftermath of the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Obama administration had pledged to move YPG militants to the east of the Euphrates River after ISIL was pushed out.
He also relieved the glory of the ottoman empire claiming Turkey had lost the last two centuries with sacrifices and had also lost around 5 million square kilometers of land once ruled by the Ottoman Empire.