On October 13 morning, forces of the National Syrian Army (NSA) backed by the Turkish military stormed the border town of Tell Abyad in northern Raqqa.
A few hours after storming Tell Abyad from the eastern and western directions, the NSA announced that its militants imposed full control of the town. Several photos and a video showing NSA militants inside the town were released.
A day earlier, Turkish forces captured several villages east and southeast of Tell Abyad, expanding its control around the border town.
The forces continued their advance in the early hours of October 13 capturing the town of Suluk, 18km to the southeast of Tell Abyad.
Tell Abyad is one of the main targets of Operation Peace Spring, which was launched by the Turkish military and the NSA earlier this week. A “safe-zone” stretching between the town and Ras al-Ayn, 120km to the east, will be established in the first phase of the operation.