U.S. Special Operation Forces are helping the Syrian Kurdish police known as Asayish in their task to provide security to the newly liberated town of Manbij. Unfortunately, they are not allowed to give interviews. The Syrian town of Manbij had a pre-war population of around 100,000. Its inhabitants were mostly Sunni Arabs, but around 40.000 inhabitants were Kurds and the town had also a Christian minority.

During the Syrian civil war in 2013, the Sunni Arab jihadist groups, at the beginning FSA and al-Nusra, started a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Kurds and other minorities in Manbij, because they were perceived as “infidels”. This campaign of ethnic cleansing was followed by Daesh ‘ISIS‘ and eventually, the town became a Daesh stronghold and planning area for major terrorist attacks in Europe. Turkey wanted to preserve the demographic change (no Kurds in Manbij) and threatened to bomb Kurds if the Kurdish forces cross the Euphrates river to drive Daesh out of Manbij.