Syrian army reinforcements towards Al-Bab and Manbij … Is there a military operation to retake them?
The source said that the Syrian army transported military columns from “Tal al-Jarad” near “Masyaf”, Hama western countryside, and from “Ma’ar Shurin” and “Khan al-Sobel”, Idlib southern countryside, towards the contact lines in “Al-Bab” and “Manbij”, which raised questions regarding the possibility of starting a military operation in the aforementioned areas.
The source confirmed that there were no orders to start any military operation so far, but the Syrian army forces were fully prepared to deal with any emergency in the region.
Diplomatic sources talked about the link between the reinforcements directed towards the countryside of Aleppo and the recent round of the “Astana” track talks, which was held recently in the Russian city of “Sochi”, suggesting the possibility of an undeclared agreement between “Russia” and “Turkey” on changing the position northern Syria, especially in the city of Al-Bab, which is witnessing an unprecedented security chaos that burdens the Turkish forces, where Turkish withdrawal is expected in case of any advance by the Syrian army to avoid any useless losses.
The sources lowered the possibility of launching an attack on “Manbij”, where the Kurdish factions are spreading. However, “Al-Bab” axes and its surroundings, according to the sources, is closer to coming changes in the map of control, as it is expected that Turkey will abandon the factions it supports there if any military action begins, especially with the failure of these factions to control the stability of the city and their continued clashes and interfight over the thefts and smuggling crossings.
It is noteworthy that the city of Al-Bab and its countryside have been under the control of the Turkish forces and their factions since the beginning of / 2017 / after it was under the control of “ISIS”.