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Turkish-Backed Militants Launch New Attack In Northern Raqqa, Capture Two Villages

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Turkish-Backed Militants Launch New Attack In Northern Raqqa, Capture Two Villages

Villagers watch as Turkish army tanks and soldiers gather near the Syrian border on January 21, 2018 at Hassa, in Hatay province. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) launched on November 7 a new large attack on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Raqqa countryside.

In a press release, the SNA announced that its militants had captured Beir Issa and Sharaqiq. Both villages are located near the key town of Ain Issa.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed that Turkish combat drones backed the new SNA attack, conducting several airstrikes on Kurdish forces in the northern Raqqa countryside.

“The Syrian Observatory was informed that the Jalabiya-Ain Issa highway was cut as result of the ongoing clashes there,” the monitoring group’s report reads.

Last week, Russian forces established a coordination and operations center in Ain Issa. The attack near the base could pose a threat to Russian troops deployed there.

Russia and Turkey reached a breakthrough agreement on northeast Syria, last month. The agreement prevents Turkish-backed militants from launching any attacks beyond the agreed upon 30 km km deep “safe zone.”

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  • I’m sure the Russians air defence and Syrian air defense will be deployed to the area,to limit Turkey will in the air.

    • You can call me Al

      They do not owe the SDF anything.

      • Jens Holm

        He not even wrote even close to, what Your cupid comment put out from Your behind.