The Manbij Military Council (MMC) will not be withdrawing its forces from the city of Manbij anytime soon according to its representatives. Presently,  the MMC are standing shoulder to shoulder with U.S. led coalition troops as the Turkish military continues to threaten an advance. However, the U.S. and Turkey are also pursuing a diplomatic solution concurrently.

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu told press this week that,

There are concrete steps in this road map and these are connected to a concrete calendar. The concrete steps are: YPG will be expelled from there and then Turkey and the U.S. will decide what administration and security force will replace the YPG.”

If this information is correct, it’s hard to say how the YPG and SDF will respond should they be forced to withdraw.