A Syrian city that is a stated target of a Turkish-backed operation in the north of the country Syria is under the protection of a local, Kurdish-allied militia and the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, the local militia said.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who comprise mostly of the Kurdish YPG militia, has said that the town of Manbij is protected by the US-led coalition.

This comes as Turkey has made clear of their intentions to take the Kurdish-held Syria with the Turkish military, Turkmen battalions of the Free Syrian Army and Islamist groups.

The Manbij Military Council, an SDF organization to lead the defense of the region, made the claim that they are protected by Turkey’s NATO allies, the United States.

“We in the Manbij Military Council confirm again that Manbij and its rural areas are under the protection of the Manbij Military Council and under the care of the international coalition and its protection,” the Manbij Military Council said in a statement released late on Sunday.

 

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US and its coalation is just want to divide syria and this kurdish militia supporting US bcuz they want independent state and make base for US and zionist israel. syrian kusrds will pay if they betray thier own syrian. SAA should warn them. Hand over manbij now to SAA or turkey will definetly attack and bring war to your city. then US and zionist coaltion will not help. kurds should have freindy relation with neighbours rathr then US and western partners who is thousand of miles away. Divide and rule policy is still on.

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“US and its coalation is just want to divide syria” => Not really, actually, the coalition was mounted to liquidate IS in Iraq, then they spread into Syria. Visibly, there was some pay to play from a GCC country well known to be the money laundry of terrorism in order to have some crooked US politicians avoid them to be hammered by USAF. “and this kurdish militia supporting US bcuz they want independent state ” => Nope, it’s Iraqi KRG that talks about independence! Bazrani is an ally to Erdolf. YPG are anarchos that do not look for this at… Read more »

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Although I am hesitant to say this, it may be one occasion where the illegal presence of US the US military in Syria can be to the immediate advantage of the SAA. The US is now in a position where their direct military support of the ‘breakaway’ Kurds could bring two NATO members to engage in direct conflict. US ‘boots’ in the Manbij bulge could very easily result into more US ‘boots’ in the Arlington Cemetery, courtesy of Turkey or the NATO trained FSA 🙂

Long may that last 🙂

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Yes – I share Your paradigmatic view. Dangerous 4 Turks to Arlington GIs.

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If the american gvt will have to choose between the kurds and the turks, obviously it will choose the turks who still have “some money”

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Turkey has no oil and with all the s**t Erdolf has done, their main source of revenue, tourism, had dried…
And if you think the US govt is alone in it… YPG didn’t received a single ATGM from the US, actually Germany and us had even to pass new orders of Milans to MBDA as our stockpile began to be a bit depleted…
US brag a lot about anything they do, others may do less noise and act efficiently : have you seen F.Hollande on the aircraft carrier showing the thumb saying “mission accomplished” after having cleansed Mali?

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But the Kurdish East in Iraq and the Kurdish West in Syria have oil. $$$. Turkey is the sick man of the Bosporus for 200 years because it has had structural problems. Turkey has been in boom for about as long as Erdogan reigns. That is why the lower working class likes him. Unemployment fell… This boom was largely dependent on foreign capital and there is constant need for more. Erdogan’s changing policies, alliances plus the participation in the Syrian war had caused insecurity. So recently international capital began to leave the country. And Tourism Turkey’s chief source for foreign… Read more »

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Maybe Kurds are worried that the Americans want their money back?