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    A Russian soldier stands next to an aid convoy in Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

    Pentagon: US Operations in Syria Unaffected as Russia Moves Convoys to Manbij

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    The Russian military has informed the United States about moving convoys to Syria's Manbij, and US operations in the area remain unaffected, US Department of Defense spokesperson Jeff Davis said in a briefing on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) —The Russian General Staff said Friday Russia's center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria has sent the first food and medical supplies convoy to Manbij.

    "We were aware of this. The Russian government has informed us of it as well," Davis told reporters. "It has not changed anything we are doing."

    Davis said the United States has noticed and observed these humanitarian convoys moving into the area. He claimed that they have also brought "some armored equipment" with them.

    The spokesperson underscored that the United States wants to see all parties on the ground in Manbij to continue focus on fighting the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia).

    Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, banned in a range of countries, including Russia.

    Moscow has been conducting a counter-terrorist campaign in Syria since September 30, 2015, at President Bashar Assad's request.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in December that the Syrian government and armed opposition groups had reached an agreement on a nationwide ceasefire in Syria and on readiness to start peace talks.


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      How come the US isn't delivering any aid to the people? Unacceptable!!
    • sapper
      So what happened to all the humanitarian organisations wringing their hands over Aleppo and not providing any aid???
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      What are these Americans doing in Syria? Do they have a proper visa issued by the Syrian government or are they invading Syria?
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      sterndalerin reply toTolerance(Show commentHide comment)
      Tolerance, Training SDF near Manbij for the fight against IS. Not invading.
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      Tolerancein reply tosterndaler(Show commentHide comment)
      Syria is a sovereign country and is governed by the Syrian government. Any foreigner who is in the Syrian territory without the permission of the Syrian government is an invader. The Syrian government has not permitted the Americans to come to Syria, let alone to train anyone militarily.
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      sterndalerin reply toTolerance(Show commentHide comment)
      Tolerance, Yes Syria is. No. AFAIK that makes them technically illegal workers without permit - not invaders. Though I get what You mean.
      Or do You also call Mexicans and other illegal workers invaders?

      p.s. Not invaders like the Sultan's stooges that attack and kidnap SAA soldiers.
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