On July 1, large reinforcements of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) arrived in the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The local Raqqa News Network released videos of the reinforcements, which included several T-62M battle tanks and a number of trucks armed with heavy machine guns.
In the last few weeks, the SAA deployed dozens of personnel in Ain Issa. The town hosts several positions of the army as well as a coordination and operations center between the SDF and the Russian Military Police.
These reinforcements appear to be directly related to the recent provocations by Turkish forces in northeast Syria. Earlier today, Turkish forces shelled positions in the northern countryside of Raqqa and al-Hasakah.
The SAA entered the northeastern region last year under a breakthrough agreement between Damascus and the SDF. The army deployment helped put an end to the Turkish-led attack on the region.
In the case of a new military confrontation in northeast Syria, the army will likely provide a direct support to the SDF to fend off Turkish forces.