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Clashes broke out in Syria on Wednesday between Turkish-backed rebels from the Free Syria Army (FSA) and members of the largely Kurdish, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to local media reports. The fighting broke out just west of the strategic northern town of Manbij, close to the Turkish border. The Turkish military is providing artillery support to the FSA rebels involved in the fight, according to Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, which quoted the Russian news site Sputnik. The Turkish-backed forces were reported to be making quick progress through villages to the west of Manbij.
He added that US commandos were less than five kilometers (three miles) away and that the bombing stopped when the Americans called the Russians on a special hotline. Read more at: economictimes.indiatimes.com...
The Russian and Syrian strikes did not endanger any American troops in the area. There are some 500 U.S. special operators working as advisers to anti-Islamic State forces in Syria. Some of the U.S. troops were within about five miles of the airstrikes Tuesday, Townsend said. After observing the attacks, the American troops alerted the coalition who contacted the Russians through standard communication lines that the two forces use to ensure flight safety over Syria. “The Russians acknowledged and stopped bombing there,” Townsend said. “We used that mechanism and it worked.” It is not the first time the communication line, which officials have said is used daily to ensure Russian and coalition warplanes maintain safe distances in Syria, has been needed to stop the wrong target from being bombed.
Its interesting to watch the quagmire play out .Now that the SA has a road open and under control from Aleppo to Manbij it gets even quagmirish ...
Didn't I say before, the Turkish coalition always look for any chance to attack the Kurds even though they are working with the US/NATO*
He added that US commandos were less than five kilometers (three miles) away and that the bombing stopped when the Americans called the Russians on a special hotline.
originally posted by: bender151
a reply to: lostbook
Seems pretty clearly stated, U.S. "backed." So, future terrorists. No loss.
Gruesome video footage has emerged of Syrian rebels beheading a young boy, in what leaders of the group involved called an "individual mistake."
The video that emerged on social media showed a visibly frightened boy lying in the back of a truck alongside what appeared to be several rebel fighters.
The rebels claimed the boy was a prisoner from Liwa al-Quds -- a pro-regime militia force made up mostly of Palestinians in Syria -- and that he was captured from an unofficial refugee camp north of war-torn Aleppo.
BEIRUT — The United States acknowledged Saturday that its warplanes had carried out an airstrike in Syria that resulted in the death of Syrian government troops.
US military officials said the pilots in the attack, in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, believed they were targeting the Islamic State.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said the US attack had killed 62 Syrian troops, wounded 100 more, and opened the way for an Islamic State offensive.
originally posted by: Peeple
a reply to: lostbook
Didn't Russia say more than once they don't believe there are moderate rebells? Either way it will be interesting how the Orange One reacts. Does he take the hint and say "we're out. Here Putin, Syria is your problem and Turkeys."
Or will his ego make him menacingly throw some balls on the table?
I hope he pulls out. That's why I kind of support him, go Donald, America first, make it a peace pipe present for Putin.
a reply to: worldstarcountry
It looks that way because they are. For many, many years.
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
So, the U.S are in Syria?
That info came to light when the Russians supposedly hit a operations site with a caliper class missile . That was a time before the the Aleppos re-taking by the SA
Oh yes, they have been for some time. As well as special forces from NATO's big boys (France, UK, Germany) as well as Israel.