BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:08 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Turkish Armed Forces, Ahrar al-Sham, Failaq Al-Sham and several predominately Turkmen brigades of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a fresh assault against Syrian and Kurdish belligerents in the countryside between Al-Bab and Manbij.

Targeting positions held by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Turkish-led Euphrates Shield forces attempted to dislodge Syrian troops and Kurdish fighters from a handful of villages on the perimeter of Arima.

At the village of Batoushiyah, Turkish-backed rebel forces captured two members of the National Defence Forces (NDF), bringing the total number of captive Syrian government troops to at least 20 over the past week.

Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
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Clashes were especially intense around Al-Bughaz; this village is defended hand in hand by the SDF, Manbij Military Council, NDF and Syrian border guards. One FSA group claimed to have destroyed a remote-controlled SDF car bomb near Al-Bughaz.

Neither side gained any ground during the skirmishes.

Earlier today, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglure affirmed that the Euphrates Shield forces were to expel Kurdish militants from Manbij: “We will attack the YPG (red. SDF) in Manbij … We will free Manbij from the yoke of terror”.

The YPG is supported by the United States, which has special forces stationed near Manbij, despite the Kurdish group being a sister party of the outlawed PKK.

Yesterday, the SAA moved in to aid the Kurdish factions as part of a Russian-brokered deal that would have Kurdish forces concede upwards of 20 villages to the SAA.

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Russian troops are also present in the region alongside Kurdish and Syrian troops; Moscow is seen as a mediator between the two parties:

Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News

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  1. Why the hell are so many SAA soldiers being captured by Erdogan’s roaches and the turkmen islamist rats? Where are the FSA/TAF casualties? What is going on? This is very embarrassing and shameful for the Syrian Army.

  2. capture some Turkish soldiers SAA, They are making you look as goats.
    What isn’t this slow-work, strike now, and make one rule for mothers too.
    F*cking Turkish capturing poor Syrians soldiers, what is Turk good or bad?.
    I think bad, what do you think Turkeys?..

  3. YEAH, -no captured Turkmen rats, no captured SCUM FSA.
    But the Turkish manage to capture 20 Syrian soldiers, what’s happening?.
    Grow some balls, stitch them in from camel -just show us that this is not a case if Russia projected no strength from a position of weakness.

    • The Turkish army united with terrorists against counter terrorist forces. Does the Sultan not realize that this is tying up Syrian forces that otherwise could fight IS terrorists.

      Or does he want to help IS?

      • Turkish State supported ISIS. It wasn’t ethic. But it was politically right. After gun barrel turned to Turkey, Turkey and ISIS became enemies. While ISIS cannot attack Turkey, Turks may support them again against Assad and Kurdish militia. Islamists only flare a moment. But Kurds intend to stay longer.

    • “All terrorists united against Turkey. What a surprise (!)”
      Strangely, al-Zinki is part of Euphrates Shit… You know, al-Zinki? Those who like to behead 11y old children taken out of the hospital, thus, last beheading made public was a retarded/disabled man in the area Turkey now controls in northern Syria…
      Look like Turkey has not only GENOCIDAL tendencies : al-Zinki’s visibly here for “Aktion T4″… Sieg heil to Erdolf!

  4. IMHO the SAA and SDF forces commanders will keep their heads and abide their time till IS is finished.

    The attacks prove that Turk words cannot be trusted.

    p.s. Sorry for the heroes of SDF, NDF and Syrian border guards who try to keep the peace and hold Syrian territory against the onslaught Turkish payed belligerents and TA aggressions.