U.S. troops deploy near Syria’s Manbij as Assad calls them ‘invaders’
12 March 2017 | 10:20 am
U.S. troops deploy around Manbij in Syria in an attempt to keep tensions between Turkish and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State at a minimum.
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