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Syrian army deployed to Manbij

A Syrian army soldier is seen in the town of Tel Tamer in northeastern Syria, in this handout released by SANA on October 14, 2019. (Photo by Reuters)

Zahraa al-Derzi
Press TV, Manbij

The situation is rapidly changing on the ground and now a potential clash between the Syrian army and the Turkish-led forces is not out of the question as the Syrian army has now entered some northern cities and villages including the city of Manbij to fend off Turkey’s military push. 

The Syrian military’s deployment to Manbij in Aleppo Province takes place for the first time since 2012. 

The deployment is part of an agreement brokered by Russia between the Syrian government and the Kurdish-led SDF forces. 

We are in the city of Manbij, where the Syrian Army has been deployed under an agreement between the Kurdish forces and Syrian Government brokered by Russia.

The city is strategically important as it is considered the gate to northern Syria and links Aleppo to East of the Euphrates River through the Qaraqzak Bridge.

Syria considers Turkey’s incursion as a clear violation of its sovereignty, saying it will confront the aggression through all legitimate means.

According to the Kurdish SDF forces, the deployment of the Syrian army in Manbij constitutes the first phase of the Russian-brokered deal.

They say they will discuss political issues with Damascus after the full implementation of the agreement. Reports suggest that there will be crucial talks between the government and the Kurds during the weekend. 

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