Follow RT for stories on Manbij, including breaking news and updates. Manbij is a town in Aleppo governorate, north-west Syria. It is located close to the border with Turkey, and is therefore strategically important. After the US announced, in 2018, that it is to withdraw troops from Syria, Turkey requested the removal the Kurdish militia from Manbij as well – find more details on that on RT. In November 2018, joint Turkey-US patrols began in Manbij in order to ease tensions between the two countries. In January 2019, the Syrian Army entered the area, with support from Russian military. On January 16, a suicide bombing took place during US-led coalition training. The Manbij blast claimed the lives of 20 people, including 5 US soldiers – find news on that on RT. Islamic State took responsibility for the attack. Visit RT to get the latest updates on Manbij suicide bombing, as well as statements by world leaders and other officials, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump. Don’t miss experts’ and analysts’ opinions on the Manbij blast, as well on the situation in the town and on the Syrian crisis in general.