On October 30 afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) withdrew from some of its newly-established positions in the northern al-Hasakah countryside, according to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA).
ANHA’s reporter said that the army withdrew from the following villages and towns:
- Asadiyah, Fiqra, Qrmanih, Kr Bshk, Tell Diyab, Sherk, Ibrahumuyah and Aradah, located near the town of Darbasiyah;
- Arishah and Dawdiyah, located near the town of Tell Tamr;
- The entire countryside of the town of Abu Rasin.
The Kurdish news agency released a video showing SAA troops withdrawing from these villages and towns.
Pro-government activists claimed that the forces withdraw due to problems related to their supply line and equipment. Some units of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) withdrew from the same areas.
A few hours earlier, Turkish-backed militants launched a large attack south of the border town of Ras al-Ayn, capturing several villages. The Turkish military provided the militants with direct support.