Syrian government troops have deplyoed to the areas controlled by Kurdish forces in the countryside of Manbij, according to Sergey Rudskoy, Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department.
“In accordance with the agreements reached with the participation of the Russian air group command in Syria, Syrian armed forces units have been deployed to the territory held by the Kurdish self-defense forces on March 3,” the Russian state-run news agency “TASS” quoted Rudskoy as saying.
According to the report, Syrian troops have been deployed in the area southwest of Manbij.
Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said that US Defense Department is not aware of any agreement between the so-called “Syrian Democratic Forces” (the US and the mainstream media use this brand to describe Kurdish forces operating in northern Syria) and the Syrian government.
“The Russian government informed us of [the transit] through our deconfliction channel. [But] we aren’t aware of any agreement and we are not part of it,” the Turkish pro-government media outlet “Daily Sabah” qouted the Pentagon spokesperson.
Earlier this week the so-called Manbij Miltiary Council released a statement, announcing that Kurdish forces will transfer a number of villages in the countryside of Manbij to the Syrian army.