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    US Sets Up Military Base in Syrian Manbij to 'Defend It From Turkish Attack'

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    A high-ranking representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces, who wished not to disclose his name, has told Sputnik Turkiye that the US is "taking all necessary measures" to defend the Syrian city of Manbij from an attack by the Turkish military. It has set up a military base in the city and hung up its flag as a "warning sign" to Ankara.

    The US is "taking all necessary measures" to defend the Syrian city of Manbij in the Aleppo Governorate, 30 kilometers west of the Euphrates, which is currently under control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), from an attack by the Turkish Armed Forces and fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the SDF representative told Sputnik Turkiye.

    In particular, he said, US servicemen have set up a military base in the city and are sending an additional contingent there. They are also deploying heavy weaponry and armored vehicles to the area.

    Fighters of  the Manbij Military Council and the Syrian Democratic Forces gather in the southern rural area of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria. file photo
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    Fighters of the Manbij Military Council and the Syrian Democratic Forces gather in the southern rural area of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria. file photo

    Alongside setting up the military base in Manbij, the US is deploying servicemen and armaments to the northern and western parts of the city.

    "Turkey and the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) are getting ready for an attack on Manbij, and so we are getting ready to defend the city and are in constant talks with our ally, the US," the SDF representative told Sputnik.

    He further explained that last week they had a meeting with Joseph Votel, the commander of the US Central Command (USCENTCOM), during which they discussed a security threat to Manbij coming from Turkey.

    "We [SDF] have said that in case of an attack on the city will be forced to halt the operation to liberate Raqqa and will redeploy our forces to Manbij," he told Sputnik.

    "In his turn, Votel assured us that the American side will take all necessary measures to prevent an attack by Turkish forces on the city," he added.

    The SDF representative further noted that US servicemen will be holding talks with representatives from Turkey and added that the US intends to increase its contingent in Manbij, sending heavy weaponry and tanks there in order to shore up the city's defenses.

    Just two days after their meeting with Votel, the US set up a military base in the city to be able to defend it from an attack by Turkish armed forces. The US flag was flown above the base.

    Flying the flag, he said, is a message, a warning to Turkey that the city is under the defense of the US.

    The US servicemen will also take part in round-the-clock surveillance and patrols in the west and the north of the city to be able to prevent any possible attack.

    In addition, he said, armored vehicles under the US flag have been deployed in the north of the city. US servicemen have been also deployed to its western areas. On Tuesday they sent more tanks and armored vehicles to Manbij and promised that the city will also be under the defense of the US-led coalition forces.

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    • Wayne Johnson
      This is a trick against the Russian forces. It is to make it look like something which is not. I hope Putin does not fall for this deception.
    • avatar
      armor
      Agree. The best thing the Us of NA could do is to gradually leave the scene.
      They do not belong there in the first place. Like the Turks.
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      Mitach2002
      Lies. The terrorist American government has not done one thing to protect any Syrian. It sure as heck hasn't changed its evil ways.
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      peaceactivist2
      Why it sound more like dog fight. Dog fight there are no two sides, one moment it joint one fight the other, the next moment it turn around and get this one.
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      nonyank
      Again the US is meddling and Uninvited while trying to protect the opposition and terrorists....I guess if you finance, support and create terrorists you should be targeted and treated as a terrorist.
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      dc801
      This is a good thing. If Turkey was to take this city they would not relinquish it. It would be annexed. Its better to have the Kurds in this city than the FSA in the long run. at least the Kurds wont be using it as a base to attack Assad.
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      karlof1
      The Outlaw US Empire must leave Syria and Iraq, and end its support for the Zionist Entity for peace to return to the region. If it refuses to leave willingly, it must be forced out!
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      vigilante
      Turkey's new aggressive behaviot toward the Kurds is dictated by Erdogan's ambition to become the new Ataturk. For that he needs to eliminate the Kurdish question by destroying the Kurdish opponent s by force and by removing once for all the Kurds aspiration for autonomy in Turkey or in Syria.
      It is a condition for him to win the jackpot and become the sole ruler of Turkey.
      I believe that the USA and Russia would like to get rid of him as any subsequent leader will find a peaceful compromise with the Kurds. Erdogan has a conservative Islamist vision of Turkey while the Kurds are secular. It is a one man show. If Erdogan is eliminated, the country could return to its the secularist vision of Ataturk that made modern Turkey.
      The USA and Russia should work hand in hand to send Erdogan in traps that will be weaken him.
      Manbij will be the test. If the USA and Russia really prevent the Turkish Army from moving in toward Al Raqqa, then Erdogan will have to realize that he now has lost the confidence of both of his allies and that his grand plan for Syria is falling apart. While it is not the first time that Erdogan fails on this issue, it is yet to see how this would this affect the looming referendum.
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      Vincent_1in reply tovigilante(Show commentHide comment)
      vigilante, very good statment.
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      Vincent_1in reply tokarlof1(Show commentHide comment)
      karlof1, you will have no peace in the region as long as Erdogan
      ambitions is to revive his Ottoman Empire and seek to grab others countries
      territories.
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      Vincent_1in reply tononyank(Show commentHide comment)
      nonyank, yeah lol you should say the same for Turkey.
      Not only they are uninvited but they also grab Syria territories.
      I wish they the Turkishs suffer a major defeat in Manjib.
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