US has established two new military bases in Manbij

<p style="text-align: left;">The US military has reportedly established two bases in the Manbij region, northern Syria, held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday, referring to "trustworthy local sources" in the city.

"[One] base will be located eight kilometers from Sajur River, which forms the frontline between Jarabulus, the Euphrates Shield area, and Manbij," the media outlet specified, adding that "the other base is being built four km (2.4 mi) from the frontline, south of Dadat."

According to the media source, on April 1, about 300 US soldiers arrived in the city with a convoy comprising a considerable number of armored vehicles and construction machines.

It further specified that the additional US personnel have started patrolling the Sajur River area on a daily basis, adding that previously the patrols were conducted weekly.

Currently, the US-backed forces are stationed in a "Nuaymiyah" farm, Anadolu noted, stressing that once completed, the installation will become "the closest US base to the Euphrates Shield forces."

Turkey is seeking to take over the Kurdish-held Manbij as part of Operation Olive Branch, which kicked off on January 20, 2018.

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