Syria claims it has entered key Kurdish-held town

  • In this March 31, 2018 photo, a Syrian woman with her kids walks in front of buildings that were destroyed during the battle between the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Islamic State militants, in Manbij, north Syria. On Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, Syria’s military said it entered the flashpoint Kurdish-held town of Manbij, where Turkey has threatened an offensive — a claim that was refuted by U.S. troops who patrol the town. The announcement and the conflicting reports reflect the potential for chaos in the wake of the U.S. surprise decision to withdraw troops from Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

  • In this March 31, 2018 photo, Syrian citizens walk in front of buildings that were destroyed during the battle between the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Islamic State militants, in Manbij, north Syria. On Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, Syria’s military said it entered the flashpoint Kurdish-held town of Manbij, where Turkey has threatened an offensive — a claim that was refuted by U.S. troops who patrol the town. The announcement and the conflicting reports reflect the potential for chaos in the wake of the U.S. surprise decision to withdraw troops from Syria (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

  • In this March 29, 2018 photo, a Syrian student walks next a wall with Arabic that reads: “We will not emigrate we will confront, no to the Turkish occupation,” in Manbij, north Syria. On Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, Syria’s military said it entered the flashpoint Kurdish-held town of Manbij, where Turkey has threatened an offensive — a claim that was refuted by U.S. troops who patrol the town. The announcement and the conflicting reports reflect the potential for chaos in the wake of the U.S. surprise decision to withdraw troops from Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT — Syria’s military said Friday it had entered the key Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies and protection against a threatened Turkish offensive as U.S. troops prepare to leave Syria.

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