Russian media is showing video of Russian troops taking over an American military base that we abandoned in Syria. Think about how that plays out in Jerusalem or Kiev or Ankara?

“Good morning!” Oleg Blokhin said in a video posted to social media early in the morning. “We are at the U.S. base in Manbij. Only yesterday morning they were still here and today we are here. Let’s have a look at how they lived here, what they did and what it is all about.”


The video, which was independently verified by news organization Storyful, showed multiple tents under camouflage netting and a radio mast that matched previous photographs of the U.S. base.

A U.S. official said late Monday that U.S. troops had withdrawn from Manbij. Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a U.S. military spokesman, declined to say Tuesday whether Syrian troops or their Russian allies had entered Manbij.


However, Syrian state television reported government troops had entered the town early the next day, and a Russian Defense Ministry statement said military police in northwestern Manbij were patrolling “along the line of contact between the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey.”

So who in fact is running this show?

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