The so-called Syrian National Army (SNA) launched on October 30 a large attack south of the border town of Ras al-Ayn in northern al-Hasakah with a direct support from the Turkish military.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) clashed with the SNA in the area. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) also attempted to repel the attack.
“Heavy clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish occupation forces in Tell Ward in Ras al-Ayn’s countryside,” a short press release by the SANA reads.
Despite these efforts, SNA militants captured the villages of al-Mahmodiyah, al-Darbu, al-Manakh, al-Sibatiyah, Rajlah al-Hamrah, al-Jamilyah and al-Qasimiyah.
Several SDF fighters and soldiers of the SAA were reportedly killed or injured, some in airstrikes carried out by Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles.
The attack is a blatant violation of Turkey’s agreements with Russia and the US. The SNA’s hostile actions, which appear to be supported by Ankara, could re-escalate the situation in northeastern Syria.