Our partners at RussiaToday published a video on Monday correlating with an earlier report released by Al-Masdar News which revealed that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was set to take control of 20 villages after a deal with the ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF).
Until now, SAA soldiers have only taken control of six of the aforementioned villages between Al-Bab and Manbij while the rest will be conceded by the Kurdish-led SDF in the days to come. Soon enough, this area will be manned solely by Syrian border guards and the National Defence Forces (NDF).
However, with the Turkish-led Euphrates Shield forces capturing two of the villages on Monday, the agreement is now in danger of falling apart. Eventually, rebel forces hope to seize control of Manbij and push the Kurds east of the Euphrates River.