American forces have been seen in a convoy near the Syrian city of Manbij. In areas west of the city there have been clashes between the Kurdish-linked Manbij Military Council (MMC) and Turkish troops.
|This article includes photos of the U.S. troops in a convoy and some flying the U.S. flag. The troops are also shown in the appended video. A U.S. spokesperson said that the action was deliberately aimed at ensuring the Islamic State was defeated. The Pentagon claims the forces were a "visible sign of deterrence". Colonel John Dorrian, spokesperson for the Combined Task Force of Operation Inherent Resolve said in a tweet that deployment of the troop was taken to assure forces within the U.S.-led coalition "deter aggression" and "keep the focus on defeating ISIS" elsewhere. No doubt the hope is that with the Americans present, Turkish troops will not try to take the city of Manjib.|
Ankara explained that the main objectives of the cross-border military campaign were to maintain border security and confront the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorism, and to deny the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organisation - as well as its affiliates Syrian PYD/YPG - a fait accompli to create autonomous zones on Turkey's doorstep.Erdogan warned that the Kurdish troops could be removed by force if they did not comply. The Turks are unlikely to try to dislodge the Kurdish troops with Americans present.