Syrian Kurds have formed a partnership with government troops and Syria’s Russian allies. They have now moved into previously Kurdish-held areas, including the city of Manbij. Meanwhile, Turkish forces are continuing to shell positions in northern Syria. Turkey is rejecting calls for a ceasefire in the offensive it launched in northern Syria against Kurdish militias. US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are on their way to Turkey to try to persuade Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to end the fighting. This comes after US President Donald Trump imposed economic sanctions on Ankara for targeting the Kurds inside Syria.
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