The battle over Manbij has taken centre stage in the Syrian and indeed Middle Eastern theatre of war following the convergence of three forces on the area. After Turkey and the FSA groups it is backing pushed out the Islamic (IS) group from neighbouring al-Bab last week, Ankara’s sights turned east to Manbij. Since then clashes have occurred between FSA and SDF forces, who hold Manbij.
*Manbij had an autonomous council in 2014 not 2004 and the city is heterogenous and populated by Arabs, Kurds, Circassians and Chechens.
This podcast was recorded on Thursday 2 March.