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National Security Council says Turkey won't allow PYD-PKK terror corridor on its southern border

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Turkey's top security body, the National Security Council (MGK) has held its last meeting of the year on late Wednesday, reasserting that Turkey will not allow PKK or Democratic Union Party (PYD) militants to form a terror corridor on the country's southern border.

The meeting was convened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara and lasted six hours.

In a statement released after the meeting, officials said that the meeting focused on Turkey's war on terror.

The council said that Turkey would not allow PKK militants to find shelter in northern Syria and Iraq's Sinjar region.

Within the scope of Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters are now expected to move towards Manbij once they gain control of the key northern town of al-Bab over the coming days.

Even though U.S. officials had promised the withdrawal of the PKK/PYD from Manbij, Turkish sources confirmed that there were still around 200 PYD militants left in the town.

Additionally, the ongoing Mosul operations against the Daesh, and the latest on Turkish troops in the Bashiqa military camp near Mosul were other topics of discussion.

Turkey has already said it will not remain silent on military advancements by the Shia militia group Hashd al-Shaabi inside the mostly-Turkmen Iraqi town of Tal Afar, also warning that it will not let Sinjar become a second headquarters for the PKK.

For emergency military intervention, the Turkish Armed Forces have already deployed tanks and other armored vehicles to Silopi in the southeastern Şırnak province, near the Iraqi border.

The ongoing struggle against the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), the group behind the July 15 failed coup attempt, and extradition efforts to bring its mastermind Fetullah Gülen back to Turkey was also on the meeting's agenda.

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