A convoy of food and supplies from the Syrian government has entered the Kurdish-controlled areas of Manbij province, according to Al-Masdar’s correspondent, Yusha Yousef.

Yousef suggested that the convoy may have contained ammunition and other equipment as the  Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) gear up for the expected battle with Turkish-led forces.

The Turkish military, predominately Turkmen battalions of the Free Syrian Army and Islamist allies, collectively known as Furat Shield, have made their intentions of taking the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), who comprise mostly by the YPG, held town of Manbij.

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“After the liberation of al-Bab from Daesh [ISIS] terrorists, Turkey’s new target in Syria is Manbij. Manbij is a city which belongs to Arabs, and the SDF must also not be in Raqqa,” the Turkish President Erdogan said.

Yousef also explained that the Syrian Army may start using SDF-held areas as staging grounds to launch offensives against ISIS, if it is deemed necessary to use these areas.

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Deputy-Editor at Al-Masdar News, Lecturer at Charles Sturt University and Researcher at Western Sydney University. MA in International Relations. You can follow on Twitter: oulosP

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