BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The Turkish military and their rebel allies have been given the “green light” to begin their offensive to capture the key town of Manbij in northern Aleppo, the Yeni Safak publication reported on Monday.

According to the Yeni Safak report, more than 8,000 Turkish soldiers and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters were deployed to the Manbij front to capture the town from the “Kurdistan Workers Party” (PKK).

The PKK reference is for the Syrian Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG), who are considered terrorist groups by Turkey.

The Yeni Safak report claims that the primary purpose of this Manbij operation is to eliminate the “PKK’s supply line from the Assad regime.”

The YPG and SDF troops in northern Syria were embedded with the U.S. Coalition and do not have any military ties with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Manbij.

In response to the buildup of Turkish forces in Manbij, the Syrian Arab Army has begun amassing troops to the south of the town in order to prevent any advance into their areas.

Advertisements
Share this article:
  • 115
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    115
    Shares
ALSO READ  Russia completed its mission in Syria: Putin

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Long Live Syria
Guest
Long Live Syria

Sultan finally also wants his own Vietnam. MBS got his Vietnam in Yemen. Trump just decided to get out. Once the body bags start going back to Ankara Sultan will be dethroned. Sultan believes his Army can erase the YPG PKK. First of all Turkish Armed forces are not battle hardened and will ask their proxies FSA to attack SAA & the Kurds. Hope the Kurds get sufficient Anti Tank and Armor piercing Tow systems. These will change the battle.

USR
Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
USR

Technically, Turkish Army can wipe out SDF forces in north Syria within a couple of months. They have enough air superiority, equipment and man power to kill them all. It is a joke to think SDF could destroy Turkish Army and their mercenaries without any help. Even with the Government Syrian Army they would have a hard time defending North Syria. However, I’m pretty sure Russians will step up once Gringos are out of the picture and change the Sultan’s desires…

Long Live Syria
Guest
Long Live Syria

Saoudi Arabia also has state of the art weaponry and still unable to defeat the Houthis even after 4 years of prolonged war. There is no doubt Turki has superiority in Military hardware and weaponry but to put the foot on the ground and win against SDF SAA is another thing. Even Amrikans had all the superior force in Afgha & Syria and finally packing their bags & leaving.

Member
Famed Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Stern Daler

@Long Live Syria, Yes but US population is war weary. Is that true for the Turks?

But IMHO You should be right. My reasons: The Sultan cleansed the Turkish officer corps and army much like Stalin did before the Winter War against Finland. Key military positions are staffed with people that love Erdogan Sultan but have no other merits.

They managed to miss use Leopard tanks, had them blown up and their air strikes in Afrin were not very effective. It took months to conquer that small peace of land.

Member
Famed Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Stern Daler

@USR it was a joke to think that the Finns could bleed the Soviets to a standstill and eventual peace in the Winter war.

p.s. If the Turks do not have air support they will meet the same fate.

Given leave by the Czar the Syrian SS 300 can achieve a no fly zone.

And in direct fights between the SAA and the TSK, the Syrians will have air support. And the Sultan can not call for NATO support because of the defensive nature of the pact..

Member
Famed Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Stern Daler

@Long Live Syria, the Kurds need air defense or a no fly zone. Else the Sultan will eventually succeed like he did in Afrin.

p.s. The Sultan may stop elections and remain in power?