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Russia says Syrian forces in ‘full control’ of Manbij

Russia says that Syrian government forces had taken control of the city of Manbij, after Damascus deployed troops to the country’s north to contain a Turkish offensive.

“The Syrian government army has full control over the city of Manbij and nearby settlements,” the Russian defense ministry says in a statement.

A Russian envoy for Syria says that Moscow will not allow Turkish and Syrian government forces to clash, underscoring his country’s role as de facto power broker in the conflict amid a US pullout.