Turkish-backed Forces Attack SDF Positions North Of Manbij – Reports

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The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has attacked positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) north of the city of Manbij in the province of Aleppo.

According to reports, the FSA has engaged the SDF in the villages of al-Hosheriye. However, no gains has been made by the FSA so far.

The FSA attack on al-Hosheriye clearly shows that the Turkish leadership is not going to limit its amitions with the area of Afrin and aims to clear as much area as possible from the Kurdish-dominated SDF. It’s unlikely that the FSA and the Turkish Armed Forces launch any large-scale military opeartion against the SDF in the area of Manbij while the Afrin is not under their control. Nonethless, the tensions will continue growing there.

Ankara sees Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces, which are the core of the SDF, as a terrorist organization, the local branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK is a Kurdish separatist militia actively operating in southern Turkey and northern Iraq. It’s recognized as a terrorist group in Turkey, the US and many other countries.

Turkish-backed Forces Attack SDF Positions North Of Manbij - Reports

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  • Pál Póli

    They also want to scare awya the Yanks

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Yanks won’t scare , just a bluff as the Turk’s proxies lose Idlib , they won’t be able to hold Afrin either with those Salafist troops and Wahhabi Terrorists gangs.

      • George King

        Afrin (Kurdistan will not be allowed to exist (Mediterranean Sea port for resupply of weapons and commerce) outside of complete Syrian control and administration. There will be “no new Israel in the ME” it has been written and sworn by land locking (surrounding nation states) Syrian alliance/s.

        • @Inc2Get

          No, the Syrian government has stated many times that it is willing to agree to a Kurdish autonomy under negotiations which I guess will include the handing over if the oil fields in deir ezzor and creating a alliance security force with the Kurds, however, this was said 3 months ago. It sure if they persist.

          • George King

            They turned down that offer, it is nolonger on the table, so sorry Charlie snozzers holding out for rewarding tyranny lose!

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          The action is an unpopular one even in Turkey , you need to remember the level of theft carried out in Syria by the Turkish government hasn’t endeared them to anyone. The US can eventually use that to their advantage as leverage and keep the Turkish Government as their pet slaves, really don’t think they will want to shell out Trillions in reparations.

      • Bob

        Possibly just Turkish probing attack to sound out what US response will be. Recall Erdogan always said YPG crossing west of Euphrates was Turkish red line. Interesting to see where it goes.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          The attack was repelled completely so this was not a test but a publicity stunt, don’t think anyone will believe it. They run the same game with ISIS , ISF in Iraq caught the Oil minister for ISIS as the US failed to capture him. Possibly the only mission that will be allowed to expand by the Iraqi Government is Operation Impact which is a medical operation run by Canada in Southern Iraq.

  • MH370

    could also playing dead game to deceive SAA/Russia

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      That has always been there in the background as this looks too weak for that anyways since the SAA and allies won’t bite.

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  • Domenic Patrone

    It’s a trick. Turkey and the SDF don’t have any real enmity. They wan’t Vladimir to think they do so he can make his move in the region and get trapped in or above Afrin. More Turkish forces are in the wings and if Vladimir and company take the bait and are trapped above,then Israel would launch forth from the bottom once they’re assured of victory. US planes may accompany such madness.

    • George King

      Russia trapped? Rubish non coherent statement.

      • tony ebanks

        Delusional

  • Bolter10

    So Putin has agreed with Assad and Turkey to allow a ‘buffer zone’ in Syria at the expense of the US backed Kurds. Putin and Assad keep some Oil ans so does the US.
    US are the minor losers as well as the unmentioned millons of dead, displaced and now starving civilians.

    • @Inc2Get

      No, that is not entirely true. Assad and Russia has agreed with turkey that they can launch an operation in afrin. That is corr t. However, Syria only agreed because they want the Kurds to feel betrayed by th US and ultimately join Russian alliance instead and hand over bordering territory. This has nothing to do with oil.

      • tony ebanks

        NATO on the losing end

  • FlorianGeyer

    It appears that the call from General Mattis to Erdogan has not been positive and that Turks and Yanks will soon me throwing rocks at each other :)
    Perhaps the Israeli Defence Forces will volunteer as peace keepers :)

  • Pete Neff

    The SDF needs to attack west from Manbij and open a new front against the Turkish backed Al Qaeda in AL Re’in to force the traitors with Turkey to defend another front.