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.
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.