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.