BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Over the last 72 hours, both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed rebels have been amassing troops around the strategic city of Manbij.

While neither side has made a move against the other, the two parties continue to raise suspicions about an impending battle over the future control of this city located directly west of the Euphrates River.

According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army has deployed some units to the eastern countryside of Manbij, as the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reportedly transferred control of the Tishreen Dam to them (map above does not depict this).

In the coming hours, the Syrian Arab Army is expected to send more reinforcements to the front-lines in Manbij, while their adversaries to the north are believed to be planning to withdraw from the area

Should the Turkish-backed forces back away from Manbij, this would be an imperative victory form the Syrian military and Syrian Democratic Forces.

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FairsFair
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FairsFair
2018-12-31 11:36

And if the Turkish-backed head-choppers and liver-eaters don’t withdraw might I’d suggest the Russian Air Force and Syrian Air Force drop some MOABs against the aforementioned jihadis. That would send them ever so quickly to whatever afterlife they deserve…..

SDF&TurksAreTerrorists
SDF&TurksAreTerrorists
2018-12-31 13:18
Reply to  FairsFair

“MOAB” is U.S. bomb and Russia has equivalent in FOAB=”Father of All Bombs”. If few FOAB’s can resolve wars like Syrian war Russia would droop them long time ago. Kurds are very far from being friends or “allays” of SAA & Assad. They even have killed some SAA soldiers (in al-Hasakah) But people have short memories and rush to the judgments…. That’s why you don’t understand Russian geo-strategy Russia will not rush in the confrontation with the Turkey while U.S.(France,UK, Germany) are still there and Kurd’s are everything but on Syrian side. Making direct enemy out of Turkey at this… Read more »

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2019-01-02 15:47
Reply to  FairsFair

SyAAF has nothing like a MOAB and none of their aircraft could carry a 10-11 tons bomb.
Russia has something called FOAB which is allegedly more powerful, thus what wa shown of the SINGLE test doesn’t allow to really estimate the true power of the FOAB.
Note that MOAB is GPS-guided and 2 can be loaded in a B-2 while FOAB is unguided and only to be dropped from a cargo airplane with a parachute, just like the old US’ Daisy-Cutters.

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2018-12-31 16:23

This map is pretty old and the article doesn’t say anything new. After SAA surrounded Manbij from all sides right now jihadists are moving from Manbij front to Kobane. If Kurds don’t wake up and let SAA get into Kobane that town is going to be lifted in the air by all the howitzers and tanks and then invaded by his mad dogs. Manbij so far is pretty safe. Now, Sultan shifted his attention to Kobane. That’s the case now…

Long Live Syria
Long Live Syria
2018-12-31 18:51
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, Kobane is a ghost town after the Daesh were forced out by the YPG Kurds with the coalition bombing the city to rubble. There is nothing there.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2019-01-02 15:49

You’re mistaking Kobane and Raqqa.
BTW, Kobane was liberated BEFORE the US intervention.

big bang
big bang
2018-12-31 12:04

Go Turkey go! It’s time to clean up those terrorist-held towns and villages including Manbij. The SAA is unable to disarm US/Israeli-backed Kurds, only Turkish forces can do this job.

Hayton
Hayton
2018-12-31 22:41

It’s not clear whose forces are where in the Manbij area and a lot of reports of SAA troop movements are inaccurate. The map shows no sign of the SAA occupying the dam at Tishreen, and the YPG have denied that they have relinquished control there. As for the western side of Manbij the SAA would be unlikely to go right up to the front lines to face the Turkish-backed militias. I would expect them to be some distance back, to avoid accidental conflict, awaiting the outcome of Russian-Turkish discussions. The US seem to be maintaining a presence in Manbij,… Read more »

Sweet Robert
Sweet Robert
2019-01-01 04:46

I agree with the above article and would also say it is a victory for Russian diplomacy hard work and efforts.

Sweet Robert
Sweet Robert
2019-01-01 07:36
Reply to  Sweet Robert

I would add a victory for Russian diplomacy.

Fighter
Fighter
2019-01-01 09:47

Why didnt they enter into Manbaj city?
The same movement happened before in Efrin but it didnt stopTurkes to capture the city!

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2019-01-02 16:16
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Except that the Russians pulled out from Afrin, allowing Erdog to attack at will.

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Stern Daler
2019-01-02 20:37
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, Russian pulled out of Afrin because the Kurds there were unwilling to join Syria again until it was too late. The YPG/SDF totally overrated their own capabilities. That is why they failed to compromise with Syria.

@Fighter, and that was also the reason why the Syrian army did not prevent the Sultan’s jihadis’ advance.