On March 7, top military chiefs of the United States, Turkey and Russia held meeting to discuss the regional security situation the Turkish province of Antalya.
The situation in Syria and Iraq were in the core of the agenda.
“Chief of Turkish General Staff Hulusi Akar, his U.S. counterpart Joseph Dunford and Russia’s Valery Gerasimov exchanged views on the security situation in the region, particularly on Syria and Iraq, the military said in a statement,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency’s article reads.
The meeting took place amid increased tensions among various factions in northern Syria.
The Russian state-run media outlet “RT” reports in its article about the meeting:
US troops were first spotted in Manbij on Saturday, following reports of a deal between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian government to hand over some 20 villages in a zone between Manbij and Al-Bab, recently taken by Turkish-backed forces.
The US-backed SDF is mostly comprised of Kurdish militia, considered terrorists by Turkey. Washington has supported the SDF as a proxy force on the ground against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) independent of the Syrian Army, which is supported by Russia and Iran.