The Turkish military and the so-called National Syrian Army (NSA) continued their advance in the northern parts of al-Hasakah and Raqqa on October 16.
Turkish forces were able to capture thirteen villages from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), including al-Athamiyah, Haylah, Khirbat al-Nuaymah, Aluk Sharqi, Aluk Gharbi and al-Aliyah west of the town of Ras al-Ayn as well as Matqltah, Qandil, Tanwrah, Tanuzah, al-Dimu, al-A’bu and al-Ottmaniyah west of the town of Tell Abyad.
Despite their advance along the border line, Turkish forces have failed to get a full control of Ras al-Ayn, so far. Earlier today, SDF fighters ambushed and killed 49 militants of the NSA inside the town.
The SDF also launched a counter-attack near Tell Abyad, taking advantage of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployment in the region. The Kurdish-led group was reportedly able to recapture several positions.
The first phase of the ongoing Turkish offensive, dubbed Operation Peace Spring, is reportedly aimed at establishing a 120 km long, 30 km deep “safe-zone” in northeast Syria.
- SDF Launches Counter-Attack In Northern Raqqa, Recaptures Several Positions From Turkish-Backed Militants