On March 15, two Turkish soldiers and three Syrian militants were killed when three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) struck their vehicles in northeast Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)
The London-based monitoring group said that the attack took place in the early morning, near the town of al-Nasiriya in northern al-Hasakah. Al-Nasiriya is located in the vicinity of the key border town of Ras al-Ayn.
A few hours earlier, an IED attack targeted a storage facility of a Turkish-backed group in the town of al-Dwair, near Ras al-Ayn. Three militants were allegedly killed. According to the SOHR, the facility contained wheat and barley which were looted from farmlands in northeast Syria.
The Turkish Ministry of National Defense is yet to comment on SOHR’s claims. The ministry usually acknowledges its losses within 24 hours.
Earlier this week, a booby-trapped car struck a checkpoint in the town of Tell Halaf next to Ras al-Ayn. The explosion claimed the lives of a Turkish gendarmerie officer and three Syrian militants.
The increasing attacks in northeast Syria indicate that a “resistance” movement against Turkish forces is emerging in the region. As for now, no group has officially claimed responsibility for any of these attacks.