Clashes between Turkish-led Forces and SDF Units Continued in Northern Syria – Reports

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Clashes between Turkish-led Forces and SDF Units Continued in Northern Syria - Reports

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Controversial reports appear about the situation in the area of Jarablus in Syria’s Aleppo province.

Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reported Thursday that the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (predominanlty YPG units) had withdrawn from Manbij and from areas west of the Euphrates.

However local sources report that clashes are ongoing between the Turkish-led forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the area south of Jarablus. According to reports, the SDF has seized the villages of Hadrah, Umm Sūsah, Buyuk Dabisah and Balaban from ISIS but lost the village of Amarinah ot the Turkish-led forces.

Clashes between Turkish-led Forces and SDF Units Continued in Northern Syria - Reports

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The SDF Press Center, official YPG, Turkish and US sources remain silent about these developments.

Meanwhile, some pro-Kurdish sources report about a “heavy defeat” faced by Turkish-backed militants in Ayn al-Bayda outskirts from some Al-Jadir family-led Arab (!) SDF units. Considering very low numbers of Arab fighters in the whole SDF, it’s hard to believe that few Arab SDF units can oppose the Turkish-led advance in northern Syria.

There are 2 options that can explain the current situation:

  • Some YPG units remain in the areas west of the Euphrates. In this case, the YPG risks to lost the US military support in the conflict;
  • Pro-Kurdish sources depict minor firefights in a, de-facto, neutral area (ISIS withdrew from there yesterday) as major clashes between the sides. Amid high number of propaganda in pro-Kurdish sources in August, this can be possible.

SouthFront closely follows the situation in northern Syria.

Clashes between Turkish-led Forces and SDF Units Continued in Northern Syria - Reports

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  • Catfish

    I imagine the sdf will act like they were pushed out. It would make them look bad if they just told everyone that is was on orders from their main sponsor. The may be a pretext to the us dropping open support for the ypg in order to appease erdogan after the coup attempt on him.

  • MeMadMax

    Destroy the backstabbing kurds…

  • Brandon Thompson

    Why the exclamatory mark after ” Al-Jadir family-led Arab”? Are they some badass tribe/family?

    • cheetah88

      because the SDF is mainly kurds, and they dont get along with arabs. theyve been bulldozing arab villages and taking their land for a long time now. so an arab family helping them is odd. people have argued with me about this before but RT did a detailed article on it once.
      and btw, it is very annoying when writers do that, it is a kindergarten way to emphasize points.

      • Brandon Thompson

        I understand now, thanks.

      • Tom Johnson

        Oh, RT the Putin funded and Dugin run propaganda machine_-GTFO!

        • cheetah88

          they had on site videos of bulldozed towns. did putin stage that too?