The Turkish military and its Syrian proxies continue to harass the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in what appears to be an attempt to start a military confrontation in Syria’s northeastern region.
On October 30 afternoon, a Turkish combat drone, reportedly a Bayraktar TB2, carried out an airstrike on a checkpoint of the SDF near the town of Ain Issa in the northern countryside of Raqqa, according to Syrian opposition sources. No losses were reported.
A few hours after the airstrike, the Turkish military and its proxies shelled SDF positions in the outskirts of Ain Issa with artillery.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) maintains a strong presence around Ain Issa. The Russian Military Police are also present in the town to monitor the 2019 Russian-Turkish de-escalation agreement on northeastern Syria.
Earlier this week, the Turkish military deployed large reinforcements, including battle tanks and armored personnel carriers, in the northern Raqqa countryside as well as in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah.
According to several recent reports, Turkey is preparing to launch a new military operation against the SDF in northern and northeastern Syria.
Any Turkish-led operation against the SDF will likely be met with resistance from the SAA and its allies who will not likely tolerate any further Turkish expansion in Syria.