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Clashes Erupt Between Syrian Army and Turkish Forces Northeast of Syria


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Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:45 GMT

Clashes erupted on Saturday, November 9th between Syrian Army and Turkish forces near Ras al-Ain area in northern Syria, according to the official Syrian News Agency ‘SANA’.

The clashes witnessed usage of heavy and medium weapons between Syrian army units and Turkish forces beside Syrian factions loyal to Turkey, these clashes took place in the village of Umm Shu'ifa in the countryside of Ras al-Ain.

In the same context, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the occurrence of a fierce attack carried out by pro-Turkish factions on the village of Tel Shir, located between Tel Tamr and Abu Rasin (Zarkan), where violent clashes are ongoing with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Furthermore, the US military resorted to changes in its deployment map of its forces in Syria, and strengthened its presence near the oil fields, following the military invasion entitled ‘Spring of Peace’ carried out by Turkey in the area east of the Euphrates River.

US intervention in the war in Syria began in September 2014, with air strikes against Isis. The US military relied on the SDF as a ground force in the face of the rising Isis threat. Washington supplied them with weapons, as well as air cover, and reinforced its presence on the ground by establishing military checkpoints and bases in areas that (SDF) later controlled.

SDF, is a multi-ethnic and religious military alliance of predominantly Kurdish militias, as well as Arab ones, along with some Turkmen, Armenian, Circassian, and Chechen groups, the alliance appeared within the Syrian civil war.

The SDF is composed mostly of the YPG (People's Protection Units), which is mostly Kurdish militia.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added that that the Syrian army managed on Friday, along with the SDF, to regain control of the village of "Um Shu'ayfah" located on the road between Tel Tamr and Abu Rasin in the province of al-Hasakah.

Turkey sent military reinforcements last week to the Syrian territory from the axis of the countryside of Ras al-Ain. Here Turkish forces had established fortifications in some areas, at a time when Syrian army units completed their deployment in villages and towns from Tal Tamr to Abu Rasin in the countryside of Ras al-Ain.

Turkey invaded north-eastern Syria last month in order to expel Syrian Kurdish fighters from areas near the border before it concluded an agreement with the United States which stopped the Turkish military invasion in return for the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters.

The Syrian army clashed with Turkish-backed opposition fighters after Russia brokered the fragile truce in northern Syria, but sporadic clashes were still going on, the Associated Press reported.

Last week, Turkish forces arrested 18 Syrian government soldiers and released them hours later, following Russian mediation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will not leave Syria before other countries withdraw.

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