Kurdish Official: US-led Coalition Establishes New Base In Syria’s Manbij Area

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Kurdish Official: US-led Coalition Establishes New Base In Syria's Manbij Area

This March 7, 2017 frame grab from video provided by Arab 24 network, shows U.S. forces patrol on the outskirts of the Syrian town, Manbij, in al-Asaliyah village, Aleppo province, Syria. (Arab 24 network, via AP)

On May 9, Sharfan Darwish, a spokesman for the Manbij Military Council (MMC), told Reuters that the US-led coalition had established a new base in the northern Syrian area of Manbij three months ago to counter Turkish threats.

The MMC is considered the biggest Arab force within the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“After the Turkish attack on Afrin and the increase in Turkish threats towards Manbij, coalition forces built the base to monitor and protect the border (between the combatants),” Darwish said, according to Reuters.

Senior Turkish officials, including the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have vowed to launch a military operation against the SDF in Manbij on several occasions since the beginning of 2018.

The MMC spokesman also revealed that French Army service members are stationed in the US-led coalition base in Manbij. According to Darwish, US and French forces patrol a front between the SDF and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The Turkish Anadolu Agency was the first to reveal, on April 27, that French forces are operating in the area of Manbij along with US troops and the SDF.

According to local observers, the deployment of US and French troops in Manbij forced Turkey to abandon its military plans against the SDF there. Now, Washington and Ankara are reportedly engaged in intense negotiations to solve the Manbij crisis.

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  • Joe

    Assad should form a line of school children waving flags to welcome them …

  • D-Ma Ayak

    Partition of Syria is in the making. Assad must look out for Somalis to liberate Eastern Syria than banking on Russian military assistance.

    • Carol Davidek-Waller

      The petition of Syria is more fantasy than fact. President Dumph (ironically, the real family name) after deciding to punish Iran for being in compliance with their treaty obligations, is stocking Syria with even more hostages.

      • You can call me Al

        I totally agree with you regards the partition, especially now. As for your comment “President Dumph (ironically, the real family name)”; where did you get that from ?, it cant be. can it ?.

      • You can call me Al

        You wasted a lot of my time there cheeky. His family name was Dump by the way.

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    The Kurds must be the naive people on earth. The Americans have abandoned them time after time. They are being set up again.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      paid whores only care about today never think tomorrow

      • Bob

        Same as Alloush from Jaysh al-Islam – who just quit the Islamist faction’s leadership, as J-I became largely irrelevant post East Ghouta, and likely to lose any priority of Saudi money flow, Alloush took the accumulated Saudi money he controlled and ran off into the sunset. Usual warlords and gangsters.

    • John Mason

      Kurds must be related to the jews; stealing land.

  • You can call me Al

    “the deployment of US and French troop” – wow, what historically successfully military force.

    One big Father of all bombs should sort the effers out.

    • Rob

      Russia and their allies Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan face serious provocations from US and Israel.

      • You can call me Al

        Jordon ????………..hahahaha

        • Rob

          The King Abdullah is not wahabi. His country is occupied by US and NATO. Similarly Assad is a good man but his country is occupied by US and NATO and both cannot help Palestine until they remove all these pigs from their countries Jordan and Syria. Notice it, Wahabi mission created by UK. UK has created many missions in Muslims but in all these missions Wahabi mission is very rich and brutal.

  • leon mc pilibin

    Kurds are cannon fodder for the zionists,all they want is the oil and gas,

  • Ivan Freely

    How many US bases are there now? I’ve lost count.

    • Barba_Papa

      Most are probably forward operating bases, small bases housing just a platoon, a company at best. Hardly vast military complexes like Fort Hood. Which is the size of a medium city.

  • Rob

    This is the reason that US, UK, France and Israel don’t want that Muslim countries should make nuclear weapons and missiles because then they cannot establish military bases in Muslim countries. All Muslim states needs capable well educated, talented leaderships to produce their nuclear weapons and long range missiles otherwise US, UK, France and Israel will take their countries and will slaughter them like Palestinians, Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenes, Libyans and Afghanis etc.

    • Real Anti-Racist Action

      Yes, and just as they slaughtered Serbians and Germans and Irish and Koreans as well.
      http://ihr.org/

      • Rob

        and red indians the native americans. The US, UK, France, Israel and Saudis crimes list is very long. They are political terrorists.

    • Joe Dirt

      Do you ever read history books? Syria is UK,French, Russian land.

      • Rob

        Are you Israeli migrant theif?

        • Joe Dirt

          You seem to disregard the rules of War.

  • Joe Dirt

    Beautiful picture!

  • Smaug

    This is what is meant by the word “deterrence.” Think of the carnage that would be going on if no one had done anything.