Turkey-backed and Kurdish-led forces clash in northern Syria
BEIRUT — Turkishbacked Syrian opposition forces clashed with Kurdish-led forces on Wednesday in northern Syria, where both are fighting the Islamic State group.
The press office for the Kurdish-held parts of Syria said eight civilians were killed in shelling by Turkish-backed forces in the countryside between Manbij, a town controlled by Kurdish-affiliated forces, and the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for HumanRights said two civilians were killed in the clashes, which were still underway.
The Turkey- backed forces have converged on al-Bab in recent days. On Wednesday, the Kurdishaffiliated forces entered the Islamic State-held town of Arima, near alBab. Turkey has called on the Kurds to leave Manbij and withdraw to the east.