"Considering the obligations of the army to respond to the call by the people of Manbij, the General Staff declares that the army has entered Manbij and raised the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic there", the statement read as cited by the Syrian state broadcaster.
The Syrian Arab Army also stated it would "guarantee full security for all Syrian citizens and others" present in Manbij.
The move comes amid the withdrawal of US troops from Syria after US President Donald Trump claimed that the coalition had defeated the Daesh terror group in the country. While Washington has been supporting the YPG in their fight, Ankara considers them to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, banned in Turkey.
* Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia