The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled on October 19 an attack by Turkish-backed militants on its newly-established positions in the vicinity of the town of Tell Tamr in northern al-Hasakah, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“A unit of the Syrian Arab Army foiled an infiltration attempt by the Turkish regiem’s mercenaries near its positions in the village of al-Ahrras northwest of Tell Tamr, [the unit] clashed with the attackers and repelled them,” the state-run agency’s reporter in al-Hasakah said.
Two days ago, Turkey agreed on a U.S. sponsored ceasefire in northeast Syria. However, the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (NSA) is still conducting attacks in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
The SAA’s deployment in northeast Syria began last week following a breakthrough agreement between the Damascus government and the political wing of the SDF. The initial agreement allow the army to enter most of the region with the aim of countering the ongoing Turkish-led offensive.
The SAA and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are now working to secure their positions in northern al-Hasakah. A day earlier, units of the army entered more villages west of Tell Tamr.