Turkey masses troops near Manbij

While the operation to the east of the Euphrates was announced to be delayed, Turkey masses troops on the border near Manbij
Tuesday, 25 December 2018 15:24

After the US decided to withdraw from Syria, the Turkish army and FSA troops were relocated to the Manbij border. Starting from Saturday evening on December, 22 in the Sajur region, more than 8,000 Turkish army and Free Syrian Army (FSA) members have been transferred to the zero point on the border.

According to the pro-government Yeni Şafak daily, the relocation, which began in the early hours of the evening, lasted until the first light of the morning on Sunday. The convoy of 200 vehicles sent from various units passed from Karkamış to Jarabulus and from Kilis to Azaz at the same time.

In addition to the Turkish military forces, the FSA convoy of 60 vehicles was sent to the borderline. More than 2,000 special forces who participated in the Euphrates Shield, the Olive Branch, and the Idlib operations were transferred to Manbij.

Soldiers sent to the borders of the Euphrates Shield region in Manbij were placed in places such as Sajur, Qiratah, Awn Dadat. Electronic devices, mainly mobile telephones, were collected from the troops.

According to the sources, the soldiers from the 2nd Commander Brigade also departed from Bolu and recently arrived at Kilis with the convoy of armored vehicles. The soldiers who reached the city with the convoy of mine-resistant vehicles crossed into Syria from the border gate in Kilis. It is reported that the troops crossing the border will be deployed at the bases of the Turkish Armed Forces in Manbij and Tell Rifaat.

It is reported that military ammunition vehicles made ready to move from Kırıkhan to Syria under wide security measures.