This road sign to Manbij in Arabic reads, “Under Islamic State rule, you insure your self, money, religion and honor.”
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Worried over Turkish advances in Syria's north, the Damascus regime has formed an alliance of convenience with the country's Kurds to prevent their common enemy from gaining ground. President Bashar Assad's government has repeatedly criticized Turkey's operation in Syria, which saw Ankara in late August send troops across the border where they are working with local rebels.Turkey's invasion has also been fiercely opposed by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which is dominated by Kurdish fighters.The advance brought Syrian troops to territory just southwest of Manbij and adjacent to SDF forces there, U.S.-based Middle East expert Fabrice Balanche said.By sealing off that territory, Balanche added, the regime has stemmed Turkish ambitions of heading further east.Such a deal would require the mediation of either Russia – who has long backed the Syrian regime and has recently developed closer cooperation with Turkey on Syria – or the United States, an ally to Ankara and SDF backer.Regime forces and Kurdish fighters have clashed several times across the northeastern province of Hassakeh, and government officials frequently criticize a Kurdish announcement last year of a "federal system" to run affairs in northern Syria.
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