US troops have entered the Syrian towns of Marea and Azaz located north of Aleppo city, Lebanese Al Mayadeen channel reported.
According to report, the US servicemen are embedded with ‘moderate rebels’ from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and are going to prepare the US-backed advance on ISIS in the area.
The appearance of US servicemen allegedly caused tensions between Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra or al-Nusra Front) and the FSA. Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants called for “a fight with the Americans” and burnt several FSA flags, according to Al Mayadeen.
Some pro-government experts believe that the deployment of US servicemen in Marea and Azaz are not linked with the fight against ISIS and is likely the move in order to strengthen the US influence in the area of strategic Aleppo city where the Syrian government forces have recently launched a full-scale advance against terrorists.