The Turkish Armed Forces and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are reportedly amassing their troops in the northern Raqqa countryside.
Large reinforcements of the Turkish military and its Syrian proxies were deployed on June 16 in the northern outskirt of the town of Ain Issa, according to the Hawar News Agency. The reinforcements included several armored vehicles and other heavy weapons.
The Turkish Armed Forces deployed large reinforcements near the town of Tell Tamr in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the SAA also deployed reinforcements in Ain Issa. According to the monitoring group, heavy weapons, including artillery, arrived in the town on June 16.
Last year, Turkish forces launched a large military operation against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeast Syria. After pressure from the U.S. and Russia, Ankara halted the operation.
The deployment of large reinforcements near Ain Issa indicates that Turkey may be planning to resume its operation in the northeastern region. The SAA and the SDF are apparently preparing for such an escalation.