A picture that claims to show the deployment of US forces to Manbij, northern Syria, on Friday. Photo: Hawar News ANHA, a media affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Military Times: U.S. and Russian troops are now in the same Syrian city
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military's "reassurance and deterrence" mission in the Syrian city of Manbij is achieving its goal of preventing key American allies from battling one another, the Pentagon said Monday, but what's already a tense situation could become more complicated with the arrival of Russian troops and continued advances by Turkish-backed rebels.
Fewer than 100 elite Army Rangers are in Manbij to keep the peace between Syrian Kurdish forces and those loyal to Turkey, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. Russian troops are there providing security for humanitarian convoys that have entered the war-torn city, a development he called unsurprising in light of last week's high-level talks between the senior-most military commanders from Russia, Turkey and the U.S.
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WNU Editor: The Americans and Russians have no close interaction on the ground .... but this can quickly change within an hour. I guess this also explains why the U.S. wants this .... Russia-U.S. Want To Establish a ‘Three-Star’ Military Communications Channel (EIR).
Update: This is not comforting .... Russia Keeps US 'Abreast' of Manbij Ops, No Close Calls Registered - Pentagon (Sputnik).