On July 24, a Turkish drone strike targeted a checkpoint of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the town of al-Dardara in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
The pro-opposition Shahed Agency claimed that the checkpoint was manned by personnel of the SDF’s security forces, commonly known as Asayish.
“As a result of the strike three personnel of the SDF’s security body, Asayish, were severely injured, they were transported to a hospital in Tell Tamr town in northern al-Hasakah,” the agency quoted local sources as saying.
The motive behind the Turkish drone strike remains unclear. The SDF has not made any comment on the incident, thus far.
In the last few months, a number of Turkish drone strikes targeted northeastern Syria. Last week, a drone attack believed to be carried out by Turkish forces injured six Russian and Syrian service members in northern al-Hasakah. The attack is being investigated.
Turkish drone strikes are threatening stability in northeastern Syria. Turkey committed to de-escalate tension in the region and ceasefire in two separate agreements with the U.S. and Russia last year. However, Ankara’s forces are still carrying some operations there.
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