Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, confirmed on December 29 that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was deployed in the northern city of Manbij, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.
A day earlier, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced its withdrawal from Manbij and called on the SAA to protect the city from Turkey’s threats. The army responded within few hours and deployed a large force in the outskirt of the strategic city.
“No doubt, this is a positive step towards stabilizing the situation,” Peskov said back then.
However, US-led coalition denied any changes in military forces in Manbij. Furthermore, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned the army’s announcement and called it a “psychological operation.”
Despite the denial of the US-led coalition, whose forces are still in Manbij, many videos and photos showing Syrian and Russian forces in the outskirt of the city were released by pro-government sources.
In fact, on December 29, the Syrian pro-government al-Masdar News blog reported that more forces, this time from the SAA’s 4th Division, were deployed near the northern city.
The tension around Manbij is not expected to develop into a military confrontation due to the presence of Russian and American forces. However, this situation may not last for long.