BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Turkish military has officially entered the northeast Aleppo city of Manbij after securing an agreement with the U.S. Coalition to force the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) to withdraw.
A Turkish military convoy was filmed by pro-opposition Halab Today TV entering northeastern Syria, today, via the Al-‘Aoun Crossing.
The Turkish military then deployed their troops along the Al-Sajour line on the outskirts of Manbij city, per the agreement with the U.S. Coalition earlier this month.
Prior to this agreement, the Kurdish-led YPG forces had controlled Manbij since 2016, when their troops managed to expel the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists.
Manbij is strategically located in northeast Aleppo near the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s provincial border.
With Manbij free of the YPG, the Turkish Armed Forces will likely shift their attention to Kobane and Tal Abyad, which are also under the control of the Kurdish forces.