The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has deployed large reinforcements in the town of Ain Issa in the northern countryside of Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on March 12.
According to the London-based monitoring group, the reinforcements, which included heavy weapons like battle tanks and artillery, arrived at the town’s outskirts over the last three days.
Ain Issa is held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SAA and the Russian Military Police maintain a network of posts around the town to monitor a Russian-brokered ceasefire between the SDF and Turkish forces.
On March 11, the Hawar News Agency revealed that Turkish forces had built yet another post north of Ain Issa. Several vehicles and surveillance systems were deployed at the post, which was built near the village of Hwshan. This was the fourth post to be established in the region this year.
Tensions have been rising around Ain Issa since the summer. Russia reportedly warned the SDF of a nearing Turkish attack on the town. The Kurdish-led group was asked to handover the town to the SAA in order to foil Turkish plans. However, the request was rejected.
The recent movements by the SAA in Ain Issa may indicate that Turkey is still planning to attack the town. The SDF failure to make a compromise is endangering the town and its residents.
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