What does the Manbij road map mean?

The recent agreement over Manbij between Turkey and the U.S. is a hopeful development; yet other important issues regarding Ankara’s security concerns and peace in Syria still remain.

Can the Manbij Roadmap Rebuild Mutual Trust Between the US and Turkey?

By partnering with the YPG on the ground, the U.S. lends credibility and legitimacy to YPG forces that goes beyond narrow assistance. It also empowers the YPG against other local groups, including those that are not aligned with the PKK. In the end, giving up armed struggle against Turkey becomes less attractive and unnecessary for the PKK and its allied groups.