|US vehicles patrol near the village of Yalanli, on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on Sunday|
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ussian and US troops are patrolling neighbouring Syrian villages as the two countries move to defuse tensions between rival factions fighting the Islamic State in the Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
In what is the closest encounter between the two superpowers in Syria to date, both sides have sent troops into the area around the northern town of Manbij to in a bid to halt fighting between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Turkish troops and allied rebel groups.
The Manbij Military Council, an SDF-affiliated group, said on Monday that the town had been placed under the protection of the US-backed coalition following several days of clashes with Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army.
"They intensified their patrols and brought in armoured vehicles," Sharfan Darwish, a spokesman for the Manbij Military Council said.
everal US armoured vehicles flying the stars and stripes were seen patrolling Manbij and the surrounding countryside over the weekend, in what the Pentagon called an effort to “reassure” allies.
“Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve has taken this deliberate action to reassure Coalition members & partner forces, deter aggression and keep focus on defeating Isil,” Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said on Twitter.
Col Gen Sergei Rudskoi, a spokesman for the Russian general staff, confirmed on Friday that its commanders in Syria had negotiated an agreement for troops loyal to Damascus to take over several Kurdish controlled villages.
he moves puts US and Russian forces in their closest proximity to one another in the war in Syria to date.
The SDF said on Monday that it had cut the main road between Raqqa and the eastern city Deir el-Zour, which is partially held by Isil.
Its troops, which are bolstered by 500 US special forces advisors, have advanced to within five miles of the northern edge of the city.
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