A spokesman for the Syrian National Army (SNA), Major Youssef Hamoud, told the Reuters news agency on December 13 that more than 15,000 opposition fighters are ready to participated in the upcoming Turkish military operation against US-backed forces in northeastern Syria.
The NSA leader had said the Turkish attack will be limited to the border city of Tell Abyad. However, according to Hamoud the northern cities of Manbij and Ras al-Ayn are among the targets of the upcoming attack.
“The battle will be launched simultaneously from several fronts … It will be in Manbij and Tell Abyad and Ras al-Ayn,” Reuters quoted Hamoud as saying.
Hamoud said that the attack will likely begin from the Turkey territory. Later, the attack may be develop to include fronts in the Turkish-occupied areas in northern Syrian.
In their first response to Turkey’s threats, the local administration, which governs the area controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), called for a total mobilization, while a Pentagon spokesman said that unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party would be of grave concern.
Despite its warning, the U.S. don’t appear to be willing to stop the upcoming Turkish attack. This may push the SDF away from Washington, which already left them to face defeat in Afrin.