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SEPTEMBER 2020

Turkish-Backed Militants Attack Syrian Army Troops In Northern Raqqa

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Turkish-Backed Militants Attack Syrian Army Troops In Northern Raqqa

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On July 2, militants of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army attacked Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the northern Raqqa countryside.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the attack targeted an army position west of the Turkish-occupied town of Tell Abyad.

“The clashes were focused on the axis of Abdi village, west of Tal Abyad, which resulted in casualties among the regime forces,” the SOHR’s report reads.

The Hawar News Agency reported that a single Syrian service member was injured. He was identified as “Furat Mulheim.”

Turkish-backed militants in northeast Syria are increasing their attacks on the SAA and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A day earlier, the militants shelled the northern countryside of Raqqa and al-Hasakah.

In what appears to be a response to these provocations, the SAA has been deploying reinforcements in northern al-Hasakah. In the recent few weeks, hundreds of troops arrived in the region. The SAA will likely support the SDF, if Turkish forces launch a new operation in northeast Syria.

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