Syrian forces retake territory long held by U.S. allies, as Turkey expands offensive

In this photo from the Syrian official news agency, people welcome Syrian troops entering the town of Ain Issa on Monday. (SANA/AP)
In this photo from the Syrian official news agency, people welcome Syrian troops entering the town of Ain Issa on Monday. (SANA/AP)
A Turkey-backed Syrian fighter on Monday walks near a U.S.-made tank on the outskirts of Manbij. (Zein Al Rifai/AFP/Getty Images)
A Turkey-backed Syrian fighter on Monday walks near a U.S.-made tank on the outskirts of Manbij. (Zein Al Rifai/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke rises Monday from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the sixth day of Turkey's offensive against Kurdish forces. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke rises Monday from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the sixth day of Turkey's offensive against Kurdish forces. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian government troops moved back into towns for the first time in years after U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters, in a stunning reversal, reached a deal with the government. Turkish-backed rebels have begun a push to retake the northern city of Manbij, which has long been a flash point.
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