After a US volunteer in the ranks of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was killed by a Turkish airstrikes west of Manbij, the US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said that all the focus should be on destroying and eliminating ISIS.
The Kurdish-led military command in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Thursday announced they destroyed four Turkish army tanks in the western countryside of the township.
“We have now reached al-Bab; we have also encircled and besieged al-Bab from the west. This is not enough. From there we will also head to Manbij,” Erdogan said on Tuesday.
On the 6th day of operation “shield of the Euphrates” the Turks decided on the next task – having cleared the surrounding area of Jarablus from the “black” and the Kurds from the bank of the Euphrates to the North of Manbij, while South of Amarinah, forward detachments of “Fallah al-sham” crossed the river and entrenched on the South Bank, creating a springboard for further advance to the South, with the aim of cutting the road running in Manbij. It should be noted that the resistance from both the Caliphate and the Kurds is rather a weak character that facilitates the rapid development of the Turkish operation.The Kurds of the YPG claim that Turkey is making use of sporadic clashes, in order that under the pretext of “combating terrorism” to put forward their mechanized formations as far to the South.
On the third day of the operation “Euphrates shield” continued to increase tension on the contact line of Pro-Turkish militants supported by Turkish troops and YPG forces/SDF.
1. During the day continued air strikes by the Turkish F-16 at an advanced position of the Kurds and the Turkish armored vehicles supported advancing troops “green”.
2. In fact, we are now seeing the formation of new lines, where as pulling forces, should be deployed sufficiently serious fights, if the Kurds are completely inferior.
3. Despite American demands for the abandonment Manbij, the radical part of the YPG is opposed to meeting the American demands and prefers a war with Turkey. It is highly likely that everything is going to this option.
Despite the triumphant reports about the complete capture Manbij (remember the premature reports about the liberation of Ramadi), the resistance of the Caliphate in Central areas of the city still failed and the fighting continues.
The Kurds control more than 90% of the city, but full control it is not yet established.
In the area Manbij the Kurds continue to slowly but steadily to compress the ring around the city center. Attacks of the Caliphate on Manbij from the outside has not lead to the desired unblockading of the city. For small tactical successes DAESH pays a lot of blood. Until the end of July, the Kurds will certainly not overcome the enemy, but in the first half of August it is highly likely the operation will be finished, thanks to the U.S. aircraft very intensively bombing positions of the DAESH in the city.