Syrian Arab Army soldiers were present in Arima village on Friday, close to the border with Turkey and 25 km (16 miles) west of the city of Manbij.

The deployment comes after Turkish forces moved into Syria.

It also follows the announcement of US plans to withdraw troops from the country.

An anonymous Syrian officer said, “that empty village is under insurgents’ control. The right of it is a sand barrier. The [insurgents] observation posts are down the hill to the right. The houses over there contain their [military] points and civilians.”

 

 

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Peter Wallace
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Peter Wallace
2019-01-05 21:51

If the YPG/Kurds have pulled back and been replaced by Syrian government troops then Turkey has no reason to attack …. other than for a blatant land grab .

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2019-01-05 22:38
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What if the plan is for the Kurds to withdraw allowing the Syrians to take their place on the frontline with Turkey so that Erdogan can now attack Assad whom he hates and wishes to replace.
scratch the service
see what lies within
nothing is as it seems
within this tangled web of deciet

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2019-01-07 14:47
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Turkey’s intent is to kill ethnic kurds and destroy the governing council of northern and eastern Syria.