637 ‘terrorists’ (members of Kurdish armed groups) have been neutralized since the start of Operation Peace Spring, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on October 16.
According to the defense ministry, Turkish-led forces have entered 30-35km inside Syria and are now developing their advance in the countryside of Ras al-Ayn and Tell Abyad.
The Turkish side says tha tthe current goal of the operation is to gain control of the entire M4 highway in the area between Tell Abyad and Ras al-Ayn. This means the sector linking Tell Abyad, Ras al-Ayn, Shrekrak and Laylan.
An interesting fact is that Turkish-led forces are not developing the operation in the direction of Kobani. It may appear that the town will be handed over to the Syrian Army.
Commenting on the situation in the area, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Manbij and its surroundings are now in full control of the Syrian Army. The Defense Ministry said that units of the Russian Military Police are patrolling the contact line between the Syrian Army and Turkish-backed forces northwest of Manbij.
US forces have withdrawn from the northern Syrian town of Manbij, a spokesman for the US-led coalition reported on October 15.
Header: First pictures of the Russian army in Manbij, Syria.