Russia says its troops have filled void left in Syria by US troops

Russia on Tuesday said it has filled the void left by the withdrawal of US troops in northern Syria and its units are acting as a buffer to prevent clashes between Syrian government fighters and the Turkish military.

The Russian Defense Ministry said military police were patrolling “the northwestern borders of Manbij district along the line of contact of the Syrian Arab Republic military and the Turkish military.”

The US-led coalition that had been in Manbij under a longstanding alliance with Turkey pulled its forces on Tuesday as the Syrian army entered the city.

“Coalition forces are executing a deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria. We are out of Manbij,” Col. Myles B. Caggins, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a tweet.