BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Minutes ago, an officer from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division informed Al-Masdar News that their forces were heading to the city of Manbij in northeast Aleppo.

According to the 4th Division officer, they received orders to redeploy to Manbij from several parts of the country, including the Hama and Latakia provinces.

The 4th Armored Division will join the 1st Armored Division, Republican Guard, and some units of the Tiger Forces at the western and northwestern outskirts of Manbij.

The Syrian military has yet to enter Manbij, despite some early reports claiming that their troops were deployed inside the city.

A source in the area said that the Syrian Arab Army has not received orders to enter Manbij, as there are still U.S. Coalition troops inside the city.

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The Syrian army could be deceived by the Turks into flooding Manbij with troops and armour to counter an attack that never happens, neglecting the defence of other places and being completely sidelined by a Turkish invasion further east. There’s a lot of psy-ops going on here – disinformation, misinformation, bluff and feint. Manbij could be a sideshow or a diversion; or this could be a Turkish double-bluff.