Turkey has deployed more of its proxies in the areas occupied by its forces in northeastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on October 29.
According to the London-based monitoring group, several groups of Turkish-backed militants were sent from the Turkish-occupied areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo to the occupied areas in the northern countryside of Raqqa and al-Hasakah through Turkey’s territory.
The militants were sent by the Hamzah Division, the Rahman Legion, the Sultan Murad Division, Ahrar al-Sharqiyah, Jaysh al-Sharqiyah, the Suleyman Shah Division, the 9th Division and several other factions of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA).
The deployment comes amid reports of a near Turkish-led operation against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern and northeastern Syria.
According to a recent report by Bloomberg, the town of Kobane in northeastern Syria will be one of the main targets of the upcoming operation.
Recently, some factions of the SNA announced that their militants had completed a training course as a part of the ongoing preparations for the upcoming operation against the SDF.
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Turkey will not be relying only on its proxies. In the last few days, the Turkish military deployed large reinforcements, including battle tanks and armored personnel carriers, in northeastern Syria.
The upcoming operation will further destabilize northern and northeastern Syria. The SDF may receive support from the Damascus and its allies who oppose Turkey’s plans.