BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The rebel group Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah announced late this afternoon that their forces had begun the long-awaited offensive to capture Manbij.

In a statement through their official social media accounts, Ahrar Al-Sharqiyah said they have begun their assault to capture the town of Manbij from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

However, it appears not everyone is on board for this announcement, as the spokesperson for the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) denied these report.

The NLF spokesperson said that the Manbij operation had yet to start, adding that all reports claiming that their offensive began are false.

The Syrian Democratic Forces have not reported any military activity at the Manbij front, despite the large buildup of Turkish-backed troops near the town.

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