On December 24, Free Syrian Army (FSA) units from the city of Manbij in northern Aleppo announced in an official statement that they had formed an operation room to capture Manbij from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Only three days later, several FSA units conducted a hit and run attack against the SDF around Manbij, according to Syrian opposition sources. The FSA managed to kill several fighters of the SDF and captured four others during the attack.
Local sources from Manbij said that most civilians inside the city are currently against the SDF, especially that the Kurdish-dominated forces are determined to force the locals to join their units under to a new local law adopted few weeks ago by the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political wing of the SDF.
The FSA may continue to conduct hit and run attacks against the SDF around Manbij in the upcoming days. However, it’s very unlikely that Turkey will allow the FSA to launch a real military operation to capture the city that remains under a direct protection of the US-led coalition.