Monday 20 November 2017

Turkey risks isolation in Syria due to its stance on Kurds

US forces patrol the edge of Manbij, Syria, a flashpoint between Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters and US-backed Kurds. Photo: AP
US forces patrol the edge of Manbij, Syria, a flashpoint between Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters and US-backed Kurds. Photo: AP
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A significant development in the northern Aleppo countryside was the decision of the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last week to hand over villages west of the city of Manbij to the Syrian government.

This allows for a government-controlled buffer zone, backed by Russian support, to prevent Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield (ES) from attacking Manbij, held by the SDF-affiliated Manbij Military Council (MMC).

ES forces have clashed with the SDF over the last few days, backed by Turkish armour and artillery strikes.

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