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SDF Says Its Fighters Repelled Turkish-led Attack In Northern Al-Hasakah

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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on February 13 that its fighters had repelled a Turkish-led attack on their positions in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.

In a statement, the Kurdish-led group said that the attack targeted the towns of Arisha, al-Qasimiyah and al-Duadiyah near the town of Tell Tamr. Syrian militants took part in the attack that was apparently planned by the Turkish military.

The SDF’s Tell Tamr Military Council (TMC) repelled the attack within a few hours, killing at least nine Turkish-backed militants.

SDF Says Its Fighters Repelled Turkish-led Attack In Northern Al-Hasakah

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According to the SDF, the Turkish-backed militants wanted to occupy more areas in northern al-Hasakah and displace the locals.

Last year, the Turkish military and its proxies occupied a large swath of northeast Syria after an intense battle with the SDF. The attack was facilitated by the SDF main ally, the U.S. which withdrew its troops from the targeted areas.

The surprise attack in northern al-Hasakah violates two agreements Turkey reached with the U.S. and Russia. Ankara, that is facing a major setback in northwest Syria where the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is advancing, may be planning to re-escalate the situation in the northeast.

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  • Vitex

    Let the YPG sweat for the time being. Their duplicity against the Syrian government will not be forgotten

  • LR captain

    the provication that took place where locals and SAA fired at US patrol took place at khirbat hamu.so should the SAA have control over more areas near Al-qalmshi

    Honestly the SAA should just let the kurds waste their manpower on attacking turks in north syria. While they SAA slowly take more and more positions from them via troop rotation. The US forces would be sandwiched more and more

    • Ronald

      Al Qamishli and Hasakah are Christian majority areas that have never surrendered to ISIS or the SDF. The SAA has maintained its presence there throughout the war. I don’t know the boundaries, but my guess is that this confrontation took place when the US tried to enter a Syrian government area. The locals could see the star spangled Humvees coming and showed up to back up their Army.
      That’s why the photos of military trucks, some with Syrian, some with Russian and some with American flags.

  • ButtonPlay

    erdogan pressing american buttons to make them pressure putin, the kurds and turkish backed millitants are just the usefull idiots.

  • Al Balog

    Wasn’t the SDF that group that the US just simply renamed to make them sound “democratic”? I vaguely remember some US Army commander talk about that in a clip on a TLAV podcast.

  • Tim Williams

    SAA – KURDS are allies .. good to see the weapons supplied to them are being used correctly