Syria’s Manbij Has NATO Allies US, Turkey Divided

As Turkey’s advance of northern Syria’s Afrin District continues to solemnly expand, some Turksih forces are getting close to the city of Manbij, on the Euphrates River, which Turksih President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says will be their second stop in the anti-Kurd invasion.

Manbij is a potentially bomb situation, not just in that it’s a major city the Kurdish YPG prisoner from ISIS, but it is also a city that has a participation of US belligerent troops embedded with the Kurds, putting the US and its NATO fan Turkey on conflicting sides.

Turkish officials have warned the US to stay out of the way, observant they won’t be obliged for US casualties they inflict. Pentagon officials have insisted the troops aren’t going anywhere, which meas this could fast spin into a fight between the two nations.

This has been a long-standing problem for the US and Turkey, who have been at contingency over the predestine of the Kurds. As inconceivable as a fight between NATO members would seem, with conjunction side peaceful to give an inch, it may be unavoidable.

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