On July 30, a large explosion rocked a checkpoint of Turkish-backed militants near the town of Tell Halaf in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
A booby-trapped car exploded after approaching the checkpoint. The checkpoint, that’s known as the “silos checkpoint,” is located right on the entrance of Tell Halaf, west of the border town of Ras al-Ain.
Opposition sources said at least six militants of the so-called Syrian National Army and the Free Syrian Police were killed in the explosion. More than 15 others were reportedly injured. It remains unclear if the casualties include any Turkish service member.
Ten days ago a similar car bomb attack targeted Ras al-Ain. Four people were killed and ten others were injured. On July 26, another explosion rocked the town, killing eight people and injuring 19 others.
No group has claimed responsibility for any of these attacks, so far. Nevertheless, Kurdish forces were blamed by Turkey and Syrian opposition activists.
These repeated attacks are disturbing peace in Turkish-occupied areas in northern and northeastern Syria. Yet, the Turkish military and its Syrian proxies are doing nothing whatsoever to improve security there.