Turkey has been threatening an offensive on northern Syria, where a large concentration of Kurds. Now, with Kurds allowing the Syrian Arab Army to enter the Kurdish territories on the Turkish border, have to rethink an attack. Kurdish advocate Kani Xulam and Russia-Mideast policy expert Alexey Khlebnikov analyze.
Story: The Syrian army has not entered Manbij, the US military said Friday, after Syrian forces claimed they had gone into the key northern city the national flag. ‘Despite incorrect information about changes to the military forces in Manbij city, (the US-led coalition) has seen no indication of being true,’ US Central Command spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Earl Brown said. Manbij is a strategic city close to the Turkish border where have been deployed since 2016. The Syrian army claimed it had entered the key northern city for time in six years on Friday, a spokesman said in a . The announcement came moments after the Kurds, left a US pledge to pull out its own troops, asked for the regime’s face a threatened Turkish offensive. The Syrian army spokesman said the national flag was raised in Manbij, a key city which lies about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of the . The People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main Kurdish militia in Syria, made its appeal following a shock announcement by its US ally last a full troop withdrawal from Syria. The YPG asked government forces to deploy in areas it already earlier this year, especially the Manbij area, a key city where US-led coalition forces are stationed. ‘We invite the Syrian government forces… to assert control over our forces have withdrawn from, in particularly Manbij, and these areas against a Turkish invasion,’ the statement said. Kurdish fighters still based there are part of the coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance battling the Islamic State hailed as ‘positive’ the Syrian army’s entry into the city of Manbij. ‘Of course, this will help in the situation. The the zone under the control of government forces… is a positive trend,’ said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Peskov said the situation would be discussed Saturday during a visit to Moscow by the Turkish foreign affairs and defense ministers, to ‘clarify’ the situation and ‘synchronize actions’ between the . Russia provides critical support to the Syrian government, while backed rebel groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.