Media: Syrian army to patrol Manbij along with Kurds

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MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. The officers of the Syrian Army will start to patrol the city of Manbij in the near future along with the Kurdish fighters forming part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Al-Masdar news portal informed.

According to the Al Mayadeen TV channel, local residents supported the Syrian official forces taking control of Manbij and its area. They have also held several demonstrations in support of the government.

Earlier, a spokesman for Syria’s General Staff said the Syrian troops had established control of Manbij and hoisted the Syrian state flag there.

“The Syrian army was moved to Manbij in response to civilians’ requests and also in accordance with their task of restoring state sovereignty over the country’s entire territory,” the news agency SANA quoted the General Staff’s official as saying.

After the United States’ decision to start the pullout of troops from Syria Ankara had hoped to take over Manbij and attach it to the security zone in the border area between Aazaaz and Jarablus. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on December 21 the Turkish army would clear that city of Kurdish forces.

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