Fresh reinforcements of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were deployed on November 3 in northern al-Hasakah in the country’s northeastern region.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the reinforcements were deployed in the towns of Abu Rasin and Umm Harmalah south of Ras al-Ayn on the border with Turkey.
Photos released by the state-run agency revealed that the reinforcements included T-72 battle tanks, BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), Gvozdika self-propelled 122 mm howitzer and BM-21 Grad 122 mm rocket launchers.
Abu Rasin and Umm Harmalah were attacked by Turkish-backed Syrian militants several times in the last few days. On October 30, SAA troops were forced to abandon several key positions near the two towns as a result of one of these attacks.
The SAA is apparently working to establish a fire-support base, that could cover the entire Ras al-Ayn countryside, in order to stop any new attacks by Turkish-backed militants. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are likely facilitating this plan.
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