On October 24 afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled an attack by Turkish-backed militants on its newly-established positions in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
“The SAA repelled an attack by Turkish occupation forces and their mercenaries on the villages of al-Kozleya and Tell al-Laban in Tal Tamr countryside,” a short press release by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reads.
The failed attack was likely launched by the so-called National Syrian Army (NSA). A few hours ago, the Turkish-backed group began a fresh offensive on the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern al-Hasakah.
Some pro-government activists claimed that several Syrian service members were killed or injured while repelling the attack. However, this is yet to be confirmed.
The SAA began deploying troops in northern al-Hasakah and other parts of the country’s northeast region a few weeks ago under an agreement with the SDF. The initial agreement is aimed at countering the growing Turkish threat.
The NSA’s attacks in northern al-Hasakah are a violation of the Turkish agreements with Russia and the US. If Turkish-backed militants continue to carry out such attacks, the region could enter a new round of escalation.