Late on December 3, at least two people were killed when a Turkish drone strike hit a truck in the northern region of Syria.
The truck was reportedly moving near the village of Sanjaq Sadoun in the northern al-Hasakah countryside, which is controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), when it was targeted by a Turkish combat drone.
One of the casualties was identified as Hussein Sheikh Mamd, a field commander of the SDF, while the other was just a driver.
This was the second Turkish drone strike to target northern Syria within 48 hours. Late on December 1, a strike hit a position of the SDF near the town of Ain Issa in the northern Raqqa countryside. The strike caused some material losses. However, no casualties were reported.
Turkey launched a large-scale operation, codenamed Claw-Sword, against Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq on November 20 in response to the recent Istanbul bombing.
So far, the operation has been limited to air and artillery strikes. Nevertheless, this could change soon. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials have already warned of a near ground phase.
In a recent press conference, SDF leader Ferhat Abdi Şahin threatened to set the Syrian-Turkish border aflame if Turkey launch a ground operation in northern Syria.
The Kurdish leader called on both the United States, the main backer of the SDF, and Russia to mount more pressure on Turkey. However, the recent drone strikes on the region indicate that Ankara is still determined to go on with its military plans.