The Syrian army is on its way to northern Syria to push back Turkish troops. Syrian state media report that on Sunday evening. The government of Syrian President Assad has signed a deal with Kurdish fighters.
This deal ensures that Syrian troops will enter Manbij and Kobani within 48 hours.
Further details about the deployment of the Syrian army have not yet been disclosed. There are, however, various messages on Twitter with video images showing how Syrian troops would be en route to the Syrian city of Manbij.
Update: As per an agreement, Syrian government forces are entering Manbij cityAvatar
A Kurdish official reports that the Syrian government and the Syrian Democratic Forces have consulted at a Russian air force base.
US withdraws last thousand troops from Syria
US President Donald Trump ordered Sunday to withdraw all US troops from Syria. This following the invasion of the Turkish army.
There are currently around a thousand US troops in Syria. According to CNN , the troops themselves have not yet received an official order to withdraw, but all preparations are being made.
The US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks about a poor security situation. "In the last 24 hours we have learned that they [the Turks] are likely to extend their attack further south than originally planned, and west," said Esper in a pre-recorded interview with CBS.
The intended "safe zone" that Erdogan has in mind is a strip in northeastern Syria (red / yellow on the map, simplified representation). (Image: NU.nl/Fiona van Kessel)
Turkey bombs for 'safe zone'
Turkey started bombing and invading the Northeast Syrian region earlier this week. The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to create a "safe zone" there, so that the millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, among others, can return to Syrian territory after years.
However, this area is led by the YPG, a Kurdish branch of the SDF. Erdogan sees the YPG as an extension of the PKK, which Turkey, among others, regards as a terrorist organization.
Because of their attacks, the Turkish troops on Sunday got hold of the Syrian highway M4, reports the Turkish Ministry of Defense on Twitter. The occupied stretch of road is 30 to 35 kilometers long and runs parallel to the Turkish-Syrian border, right through the area that, according to Erdogan, should become the "safe zone".
As a result of the violence, 130,000 people have since been displaced, according to the UN. The organization believes that this number can also increase.