BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) officially took control of its first Kurdish-held villages in the western Manbij countryside following a Russian-brokered deal extensively covered by Al-Masdar News over the past week.
While Kurdish militants loyal to the Manbij Military Council departed and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) departed to Manbij, a SAA convoy entered Kurdish-held territory accommodated by Russian special forces.
Effectively, the SAA imposed full control over the villages of Kur Huyuk, Kurt Wayran, Al-Bughaz, Abu Hayj, and Jubb Al-Hamra.
The Manbij Military Council confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday evening.
This region, bordering territory held by the Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield Forces, will be manned exclusively by Syrian border guards and the National Defense Forces (NDF).
More villages will be handed over if the deal proves a success for both parties.