Two NATO armies are in danger of coming in direct conflict with one another as the Turkish Armed Forces and United States Army support opposing parties in the battle for Manbij.

After seizing two villages from Kurdish troops earlier in the day, the Euphrates Shield forces have now also entered the village of Houtah and reached Al-Arimah.

With intense clashes raging at Houtah as we speak, one faction of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) claimed to have killed seven fighters of the YPG, the main component of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Meanwhile, a video emerged from an undisclosed site near Manbij depicting a convoy of coalition Humvees, supposedly US special forces.

Although Turkish President Erdogan seems intent on bringing Manbij under opposition control, Ankara and Washington are expected to come to the negotiations table and reach a deal which would stop their armies from clashing with each other.

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Floriangeyer
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Time I think to buy some popcorn as we witness the culmination of the ideocentric American policies and the egocentric mania of Erdogan. A dead American as a result of this will have fascinating consequences.

That is probably why the US blamed Russian or Syrian aircraft for attacking the Kurds. The only other possibilites are a Turkish attack or a US ‘blue on blue’ attack.

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Munch US popcorn, sip Turkish coffee & watch the match.

Fair game. Only SDF, TA and SFA casualties are allowed!

A dead American will result in a penalty against the Sultan’s team. Plus an Arlington funeral.

Air force. Only Turk & US planes from Incirlik can participate.

UNSC bars Russian interference!

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This is totally surreal. NATO forces facing off NATO forces. Who will invoke Article 5 first!

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this isnt Surreal . Keep in mind Greece and Turkey …every day dogfights and hot incidents with total score in jet skirmish Gr 1loss Tur 5loss not even to mention naval engagements .

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I know. DaesbagSX also mentioned it. I did not think of it though. It occurred to me when I read [i]”dead American as a result”[/i].

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Turkey will invoke 5 since its mercenaries defend Ottoman Syria.

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The Sultan’s SFA mercenaries impede the US war on IS terror.

Mr. President will not be amused about the Sultan’s nuisance.

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Nestor Arapa

SDF debe trasladar mas hombres hacia Manbij para defender las aldeas liberadas de ISIS y me atrevo a decir que deje la ofensiva sobre Al-Raqqa, una forma de presionar a EE.UU. para que interceda ante la invasión Turca.
Turquía sin duda lejos de ayudar la lucha contra ISIS distrae la ofensiva de SDF que está llevando en Al-Raqqa y Deir-Ezzur.
SDF debe priorizar la defensa del pueblo Sirio liberado y expulsar a los mercenarios invasores de Erdogan.

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The guys we can see on the first video, they looks exactly like ISIS guys.