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21/11/2016 - 13:41 0
Turkey Strikes Headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces Near Manbij

The Turkish army on Sunday evening launched air and artillery strikes on the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) headquarters west of Manbij, injuring several fighters.

“Turkish state launched airstrikes against the Syrian Democratic Forces near Manbij. There are wounded fighters,” the Democratic Union Party (PYD) said.

Sharvan Darwish, the SDF spokesperson in a statement said that at least four fighters were killed and injured, accusing Turkey of using the withdrawal of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Manbij to attack villages under control of the SDF-linked Manbij Military Council.

The Turkish air force reportedly bombed the villages of Yilanli, Qurt Weran and Sheikh Nasr today.

“Following the withdrawal of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Manbij after completing their defensive duties, liberating the city and the expulsion of ISIS terrorists, Turkey started heavy artillery strikes on the area,” the Manbij Military Council said.

It said the Turkish army supporting the Euphrates Shield operation started bombing the village of Sheikh Nasr one day after the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG forces.

“We in the Manbij Military Council condemn and denounce these terrorist operations against our troops and villages, and target civilians,” the council said in a statement. “This shows the colonial mentality of the Turkish state.”

The SDF-led Manbij Military Council called on the international community to pressure Turkey and to stop Turkish interference in northern Syria.

The council has been responsible for the security in Manbij since the YPG withdrawal from the town.

“The YPG had largely left Manbij and that the leadership elements were gone. They did leave some people in place to train the Manbij Military Council so that ISIS can’t re-infiltrate and take the city that so many had fought so hard to take,” US coalition spokesperson Colonel John Dorrian said on Wednesday.

“So that’s what was happening there and I can verify for you that the YPG elements have indeed moved out of Manbij,” he concluded.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News 

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According to reports Turkey backed FSA groups have captured Sheikh Nasr village from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) this morning.

Photos circulating on social media allegedly show SDF members taken prisoner by FSA militants.

Meanwhile the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has said that Manbij Military Council (MMC) fighters have beseiged Turkey backed FSA groups in Sheikh Nasr.

SOHR has also recieved a videotape showing the military commander of the MMC, Adnan Abo Amjad, promising to return fire and target Turkish warplanes after Turkish airstrikes targeted the MMC and killed one of its fighters.

Turkey has been accused of hindering the fight against the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) with its attacks on the SDF, which it sees as a Kurdish force. The SDF, which also includes the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) is the most effective force fighting IS in Syria and recently launched the Wrath of Euphrates operation to liberate the jihadist groups de-facto capital Raqqa.

Turkish PM Binali Yildirim acknowledged on Turkish television programme that they did not want Kurds to make gains in Rojava-Northern Syria.

Source: Local sources