(FNA)- Video footage released on Friday showed that at least 25 US Army soldiers deployed in the key town of al-Rai engaged in serious disputes with the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists before leaving the town, while other reports indicated brief clashes between the two sides.
The FSA militants and their allies threatened to kill the US soldiers operating inside al-Ra’i on Friday if they declined to leave the town.
The FSA terrorists continued threatening the US military personnel even as they were leaving al-Ra’i.
Other reports from the town indicated that the FSA fighters engaged in first fighting with the US military personnel after threatening them.
The Free Syrian Army has taken the Syrian city of Jarabulus due to Turkish support, and the emboldened group intends to continue its offensive in the region, capturing both Daesh-held al-Bab and Kurdish-held Manbij, Free Syrian Army fighter Cumha Yasin told Sputnik.
In an interview with Sputnik, Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter Cumha Yasin signaled the FSA’s willingness to continue its offensive in northern Syria, where it hopes to gain control of the cities of Al-Bab and Manbij.
The interview came after the Turkish General Staff said in a statement that FSA units had managed to push ‘terrorists’ from 10 villages to the south of Syrian town of Jarabulus, which was earlier liberated from Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) by Turkish and FSA troops.
The statement did not specify whether the terrorists were members of Daesh or Kurdish YPG militants fighting under the aegis of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Turkey claims the Syrian Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) is linked to the Kurdish Workers’ Party, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.
Speaking to Sputnik, 24-year-old Cumha Yasin said that the FSA is currently preparing for a military operation in the area adjacent to Al-Bab and Manbij so as to completely cleanse the cities from Daesh terrorists and the YPG.
“After that, we plan to move to Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor to drive Daesh out of these cities,” the 24-year-old added in an interview that took place at a FAS training camp in the village of Keklice to the west of the Turkish border town of Karkamis.
Yasin, who told Sputnik that he’s fought against the jihadists and the government troops for two years now, underscored the importance of Jarabulus being liberated from Daesh.