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A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter walks in the silos and mills of Manbij after the SDF took control of it, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Ankara, Beirut- The United States has reinforced its military existence in Manbij, north Syria, in coincidence with military mobilization from the Turkish side.

The political and military scene has become more complicated, especially after Russia and the Syrian regime have sent military armors to Manbij countryside to seize villages and towns handed to them by Manbij Military council, affiliated to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

John Dorian, the top spokesman for the US coalition in Iraq and Syria, said in a tweet that the army has reinforced its existence in Manbij and its surrounding to resist offenses and ensure there won’t be a permanent presence of People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Ankara reiterated its warnings to Kurdish forces and asked Washington to expel YPG, threatening with a ‘knockdown’ if they didn’t withdraw from the city.

Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik stated on Saturday that Turkey was aware of the efforts of the PYD to create territorial sovereignty in the region and would not allow such a thing.

Isik added that People’s Protection Units do not represent the Kurds of Syria and are not seeking their best interest. He called on the US and countries participating in the international coalition against terrorism to be cautious of the latest dangerous developments in the north of Syria.

Former Member of Parliament Mohammed Adeeb saw that this is a new game played by Russia and the US to escape their commitments.

Conflicts that lasted all Saturday coincided with a huge displacement to regions ruled by Manbij Military Council. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), thousands of civilians were displaced to Manbij Military Council-ruled regions amidst difficulty to provide complete assistance to displaced civilians.