The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched a counter-offensive against Turkish-backed militants south of the border town of Ras al-Ayn in northern al-Hasakah.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed early on October 31 that the Kurdish-led group managed to recapture the villages of Abu Rasin, al-Manakh, al-Sibatiyah, Rajlah al-Hamrah, and al-Qasimiyah.
Militants of the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA) captured these five villages and few others on October 30 with direct support from the Turkish military.
The SNA attack was a major violation of Turkey’s agreement with Russia and the U.S. This violation was not the first by Turkish-backed militants and won’t likely be the last.