Syria: US, France deploy more troops in Manbij

(MENAFN) A report said on Wednesday that US and France have deployed more troops from the American military base in Kobani to the Syria's town of Manbij.

According to Yeni Safak, the convoy was built of ten Humvees, radar and communication equipment, long-range missile launchers, and medium weapons, adding that the two countries' warplanes were reportedly on alert to fly to the Kurdish-held town of Manbij.

Turkey stormed the northwest Syrian town of Afrin on March 18 after a two-month offensive with Syrian rebel allies to push the YPG out of the region. It has threatened to push its operations further east to Manbij where U.S. troops are stationed alongside the SDF.

Ankara considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization, but the U.S. sees the group as effective partner in 'the fight' against Islamic State and provides it military supplement, stirring disagreement between the two NATO members.


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