Russian news source leaks info about U.S. military being on the move in Syria

Photos appearing to show US troops speaking to militia members and walking through populated areas in the Syrian region of Manbij. (Sputnik)

Just a few days after leaking a report about the U.S. led coalition building new bases in Northern Syria, a Russian government news source, Sputnik, reports leaked U.S. military movements towards Manbij, in northern Syria.

“Yes, the international coalition is building new bases in Manbij, and it is connected with military plans. … Be it US bases or French ones, we are interacting with it [the coalition] rather than the countries. In general, the construction of bases is underway in northern Syria, especially in the east of the Euphrates,” Rezan Gilo, the joint chief of defense in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) told Sputnik.

He stated the US-led coalition building military bases in northern Syria is part of its cooperation with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and will be used by Arab-Kurdish paramilitary forces, in coordination with coalition troops.

“Whether the Americans will decide to leave or stay on [in Syria], we hope for their strength, as well as the strength of our people and our fighters. The presence of the US-led coalition helps us combat terrorists. But in any case, we are ready to obliterate the terrorists in the east of the Euphrates and in northern Syria as a whole,” he said.

“Kurdish commanders speaking to Sputnik have confirmed that the US, France and the UK were beefing up their presence in Manbij, adding that this seemed to indicate that the US and Turkey had not reached a deal on each other’s ongoing operations in the region,” Sputnik reported on Sunday.

Yesterday, Sputnik reported a large movement of U.S. forces towards those bases in Manjib, claiming to have received the information from a source within the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who remained anonymous.

The transfer of around 65 armored vehicles occurred late on Monday and was reportedly kept under strict surveillance, according to the Peshmerga source.

The vehicles reportedly had American flags displayed and were headed for the Kurdish town of Qamishlo, in northern Syria, to be transferred to Manbij.

President Trump put Syria and Russia on notice Wednesday morning in a Twitter post, promising that missiles fired at Syria “will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” and telling the Kremlin that it should not partner with a “Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

It is not clear if these reported troop movements are related to the escalation between the United States and Russia.

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