The Reddid user, @Berkyx, has posted an intersting set of photos, depicting armored vehicles of the US Special Forces deployed in the area of the Syrian city of Manbij.
Photos show a significant number of US troops and Stryker armored fighting vehicles in the area of Manbij on Sunday.
“The coalition has increased its force presence in and around Manbij to deter any hostile action against the city and its civilians, to enhance local governance and to ensure there is no persistent YPG [the Kurdish People’s Protection Units] presence,” the New Yourk Times quoted a US military spokesman as saying.
An interesting fact that the US spokesman used the YPG acronym of Kurdish forces operating in the area. For about a year, the Pentagon and the mainstream media had been arguing that there were some “Arab force” on the ground in the area of Manbij, naming this force the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF).
Indeed, the SDF predominantly conists of Kurdish YPG units and the SDF brand has been created in order to hide the YPG presence on the ground.
Earlier this month, reports appeared that the US Special Forces had set up a military base in Manbij in order to “defend” US-backed Kurdish forces from the possible Turkish military operation in the area.
Ankara describes US-backed Kurdish forces as a branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant organization described by the Turkish government as a terrorist group.
Meanwhile, Syrian troops have been also deployed in the Manbij countryside in order to prevent the Turkish-Kurdiash confrontation, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.