The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed to recapture most of the border town of Ras al-Ayn in northern al-Hasakah, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on October 13.
According to the London-based monitoring group, Kurdish fighters recaptured several key positions inside the town, including the industrial zone, following heavy clashes with the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (NSA).
“The Syrian Observatory documented the killing of more than 17 [fighters] of the factions loyal to Turkey during the SDF’s counter-attack in Ras al-Ayn,” the SHOR’s report reads.
Less than 24 hours ago, the Turkish Ministry of National Defence announced that its forces had imposed control of Ras al-Ayn. SDF fighters launched their counter attack a few hours later.
Considered one of the biggest urban centers on the border with Turkey, Ras al-Ayn is one of the main targets of the Turkish-led Operation Peace Spring.
The first phase of the operation, which began earlier this week, is aimed at established a “safe-zone” between Ras al-Ayn and the border town of Tell Abyad, 120km to the west.